Inside the University 754 - 50/50 Guard Setup to Straight Foot Lock

Inside the University 754 - 50/50 Guard Setup to Straight Foot Lock

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Using the same inverting movement as in the previous drill, Tex spins on his back parallel to his opponent and uses his foot in the armpit to push him forward. Here he traps the leg to threaten the knee bar, causing his opponent to turn into him, allowing him to drag the leg across and set up the 50/50 guard. He traps the foot in his armpit and applies pressure as he squeezes his knees together with both his feet on the hip.


Inside the University 753 - Inverting Warm Up Drills

Inside the University 753 - Inverting Warm Up Drills

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Guest Instructor for this week's BJJ Library class, Tex Johnson, begins class with a couple warm drills designed to practice inverting your guard.

Inside the University 752 - Preventing Your Opponent from Inverting

Inside the University 752 - Preventing Your Opponent from Inverting

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Now Victor answers a question about how to prevent his opponent from inverting and setting up a 50/50 or other guard. He prevents it by getting a good collar grip and putting a strong cross face on him as he drops his weight to keep him down while he passes the guard.

Inside the University 751 - Leg Weave Pass

Inside the University 751 - Leg Weave Pass

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Victor Hugo shows his favorite pass he used in the Worlds, the leg weave pass. When his opponent plays knee shield we weaves his arm through the legs and grips the bottom knee. His other hand grabs the collar and he cuts his knee out going shin over shin. Depending on how his opponent reacts, he can pass to side control or mount.

Inside the University 750 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

Inside the University 750 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

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In this BJJ Library class at the University, Victor Hugo shows a few techniques he used on his way to winning double gold at the World Championship. First from his closed guard, he breaks his opponent's posture by pulling in with his legs and keeps him down by reaching over his back and grabbing his belt. From here he can grab the wrist and push the arm inside, before closing his legs to trap his opponent, now in position to easily bring the other arm across and finish the triangle.

Inside the University 749 - Saulo's Post Worlds Speech

Inside the University 749 - Saulo's Post Worlds Speech

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After the World Championships last weekend, Saulo shares some words with the students at the University of Jiu Jitsu. He also has black belt competitor Gustavo Dias, and brown belt double gold champion Victor Hugo say some words.

Inside the University 748 - When to Pass to the Other Side

Inside the University 748 - When to Pass to the Other Side

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After observing some mistakes, Gustavo shows when and why he steps behind to pass to the other side. He can only do this when his opponent steps his legs across his body, abandoning his shield that was blocking that side to Gustavo before. Once the shield is gone, Gustavo can come back to pass.

Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

Inside the University 747 - Leg Rope Pass to the Other Side

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This time when Gustavo tries to use the leg rope pass, his opponent stretches his leg across to prevent him from passing. Now Gustavo shows how he comes back to the other side rather than trying to force his pass. In some cases, he can even force his opponent to roll and expose his back, or he can just establish side control.

Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

Inside the University 746 - Moving Laterally While Passing

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Now Gustavo shows some details of the leg rope pass, including how he moves laterally with his hips facing the head, rather than his butt up and hips facing the mat. By moving laterally, he can keep more pressure and close the space so his opponent can't recover guard.

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 745 - Leg Rope Half Guard Pass

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Showing his favorite way to pass the half guard, Professor Gustavo's first objective is to stay on his toes and drive his weight forward into his opponent's knee shield. He reaches between the legs and cups his opponent's bottom thigh or grabs the pants and pushes down. He hops up to his feet and keeps his weight driving his opponent's knee into his chest. Next he windshield wipers his leg over the bottom leg, and keeps circling to the side until he has cleared the hip. Now he can drop his hip to the mat and walk back to control the legs and establish a strong side control.

World Championship Training Session

World Championship Training Session

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The Jiu Jitsu World Championship is happening right now, and everyone at the University of Jiu Jitsu has been training hard. Here is a little highlight some of the last sparring before the tournament. Enjoy!

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

Inside the University 744 - Guard Passing Drills

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Now Xande shows a bullfighter speed passing drill, using the same technique of passing, but going side to side at a faster pace. Also, he explains partial training to his students, in which one person starts inside the closed guard and his objective is to open the guard, while his opponent looks to sweep or submit.