Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

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When Saulo makes his grip on the collar, he does not grab too deep, but grips so the edge of his hand is across the throat. Now when he sits back, his elbow is on the floor for better leverage. Now he can grab the pants and shift back to begin to free his leg. As he's passing, then he can put pressure on the neck and go for the choke.

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Saulo makes a thumb in cross collar grip and switches his hips to face his opponent. When he switches, he puts his head heavy on the chest and drops his hips low, placing his outside knee underneath his opponent's thigh. Now he uses his outside shin to block the bottom knee and straightens his arm to open the guard and get his pass. He also has the option to choke, depending on how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 512 - Sparring Session

Inside the University 512 - Sparring Session

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The students at the University of Jiu-Jitsu are sparring in preparation for the World Championship.

Inside the University 511 - Sparring Session

Inside the University 511 - Sparring Session

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In this sparring session before the World Championship, one partner gets to pick his starting position and then they begin a normal round.

Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

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Getting ready for the World Championship, the students do some takedown sparring where the winner stays on the mat and keeps fighting.

Inside the University 509 - 50-50 Guard Specific Training

Inside the University 509 - 50-50 Guard Specific Training

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Here is some specific training in the 50-50 guard, which is often used as a stalling position in competition, so in this scenario, everyone will assume they are down one advantage and must get on top to finish a sweep and get their two points.

Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

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When looking to get out of the 50-50 guard, Saulo first pinches his knees and pushes his opponent's knee to the ground. After his opponent's feet are uncrossed, Saulo now pushes himself back and away from his opponent, giving him the space he needs to stand up into base. From here he looks to establish himself in a strong top position.

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

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This week is all about training for the World Championship, so everyone is warming up with some grip fighting, and setting up their takedowns after breaking the grips.

World Championship Training Highlight

World Championship Training Highlight

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The World Championship is next week and everyone at the University of Jiu-Jitsu has been training hard to prepare for battle. Here is a little highlight of some of the training. Good luck to all competitors!

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

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Touching on some details of the collar drag, Saulo first notes the importance of not stretching your leg too much when your foot is on the hip, which can allow your opponent to easily pass your guard. Another key point is to not pull your opponent on top of you when dragging the collar. To avoid this, he puts his weight on his posted hand and foot on the hip, keeping his own hip off the mat. Now when he drags the collar, he can easily shift his body to the outside. This is when he flip the "S" by rotating his legs and hips to face the other side, placing him in a position next to his opponent where he can easily climb to the back or finish on top.

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

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Now Saulo focuses on breaking his opponent's grip and setting up a takedown. In this drill, he is more concerned about moving fast and aggressive, and not so much worried about the details of the technique. He grabs his opponent's hand that is gripping his collar, does an explosive traditional grip break, and then pushes the arm to the side so he can set up a takedown or next move of his choice. This is a drill to replicate what will actually happen in a fight.