Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

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While watching some young students perform the previous technique, a nice lesson is learned by the young men. Same as in life, communication is key in the pursuit of learning Jiu-Jitsu. Training partners must communicate ideas and correct each other whenever possible to develop the most efficiently. Also, one must never be afraid to make mistakes, but rather be encouraged to learn from his mistakes. Too often the mental aspect of learning Jiu-Jitsu is put to the side in order to focus on the physical. However, a practitioner must always remember to use both.


Inside the University 444 - Collar Drag Set Up from Closed Guard

Inside the University 444 - Collar Drag Set Up from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Saulo first makes a deep cross collar grip, and his other hand grips the same side sleeve. He plants his feet on the mat and turns to his side, just with his knee shield across the belly, same as before. From here, he can place his feet on the hips and scoot his way to classic collar and sleeve guard. Now he has the option of pushing off the hips to raise his own hips, and drag the collar to the side as he escapes to the opposite side, putting himself in position to attack his opponent's back.

Inside the University 403 - Pendulum Sweep to Armbar

Inside the University 403 - Pendulum Sweep to Armbar

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Again from the closed guard, Victor drags his opponent's arm across and escapes his hips, looking to climb to the back. But this time his opponent drives his weight back into him, so Victor swivels his hips and underhooks the near leg. Now he opens his leg wide and swings like a pendulum to sweep to the mount. Since the arm is across the body, it's easy for Victor to switch to S-mount right away and go for the armbar.

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 6 - Flower and Pendulum Sweeps from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 3)

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 6 - Flower and Pendulum Sweeps from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 3)

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From closed guard, Xande has already dragged the arm across, is reaching over the back gripping the armpit and is working to get his side angle back control. His opponent is defending by pushing back and squaring up to him, so Xande plants his top leg on the mat and kicks his bottom leg, using his opponent's momentum to flower sweep him and come to the mount. For another variation, if his opponent posts his foot on the mat while squaring up, Xande underhooks the leg and swings his top leg rather than planting it to hit the pendulum sweep instead.

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 4 - Climbing to the Back from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 1)

Xande's ADCC 2017 Review 4 - Climbing to the Back from Closed Guard (Xande VS Rustam Chsiev Part 1)

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Now analyzing his fight with Rustam Chsiev, Xande was again playing the closed guard, and after some threats to the arm, Rustam kept his elbows in tight on Xande's body. Xande pushed the elbow across, pulled down the head, and escaped his hips to create his angle. Staying tight, he reaches over the back and posts on his elbow so he can keep climbing. Using his top leg for leverage, he pushes off the back and brings his hips on top, where he can establish back control.

Inside the University 385 - Omoplata Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside the University 385 - Omoplata Sweep from Closed Guard

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Continuing the class of favorite ways to score quick points, Claudia Doval, the female heavyweight World Champion, shows her go to technique. She jumps full guard, makes both sleeve grips and drops to a foot in the biceps spider guard. She quickly throws her leg up to an omoplata, locks her legs and sits up looking to finish. If her opponent defends the submission by rolling, Claudia follows her and establishes top position to get her 2 points.

Inside the University 384 - Back Roll Sweep from Closed Guard

Inside the University 384 - Back Roll Sweep from Closed Guard

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Starting off the lesson of moves to use when you need to score in the last seconds of a match, Saulo shows his go to sweep. He pulls closed guard, and when his opponent stands up, Saulo reaches through to grab his leg and pulls his hips underneath his opponent. He goes for the muscle sweep, expecting his opponent to defend, and when he feels the resistance, Saulo opens his guard and pushes off the same side leg he has underhooked to roll himself backward. When he lands on his knees, he immediately attacks the other leg, driving in to finish the sweep.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

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From the closed guard, Rafael opens and rests his leg on his opponent’s hip, and sits up, posting his other side hand on the mat. He reaches across over the shoulder, grabs the elbow and thrusts his hips up and in to sweep his opponent. Rafael lands in mount, and immediately grabs the wrist and locks the Kimura grip. He wipers his way to side control, where he switches his base and steps over the head to finish the Kimura.

Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

Inside the University 339 - Muscle Sweep to Omoplata Sweep

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Breaking down his fight with Jackson Sousa, Xande is in the closed guard with a cross sleeve grip and his opponent stands up. Xande goes hard for the muscle sweep, but his opponent stays balanced for a few attempts before falling to his knee. Xande locks the omoplata, and his opponent defends by long stepping over his head. Xande uses the momentum to roll to the top, making sure to keep a grip on the pants to control his opponent as he fights to avoid the sweep. Eventually Xande settles in and controls the hips to keep his opponent down.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 10 - Leg Pinch Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka sets up the balloon sweep when her opponent stands up in her closed guard, but her opponent defends by stepping back and basing. Dominyka drops her legs and wraps them around her opponent's legs near the knee, and pinches them together. Now it's easy for her to choose a side and sweep her opponent.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 9 - Balloon Sweep from Closed Guard

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Dominyka is in her closed guard with both sleeves grips, and her opponent stands up. Dominyka opens her guard, pinches the waist with her shins and brings her knees together. Now she pulls her opponent forward with her legs and the sleeve grips, and when she is in the air, Dominyka pushes the sleeves and does a back roll, landing in the mount.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 1 - Collar Drag to Single Leg

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In this series, Xande breaks down the key positions that happened in his fights on his way to Gold at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam. In his first fight, he pulled guard and attempted a scissors sweep, but his opponent's base was strong, so he turned his hips back and went for an armbar. His opponent reacted by backing away, so still with the collar and sleeve grips, Xande tried to kick the knee and collar drag. To defend, his opponent stepped his inside knee up, so Xande used the momentum to sit up and switch from the drag to the single leg, coming up and finishing the sweep.