Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

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Correcting the most common mistake of his students, Saulo shows how he extends his body away from his opponent after he has connected his elbow and knee. Once his body is straight, then he can escape the hips and bring his inside leg back in to recover his guard. As always, he emphasize the need to drill over and over, repetition is the only way to learn.


Inside the University 433 - Defending from Your Side

Inside the University 433 - Defending from Your Side

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Answering some questions, Saulo stresses the importance of staying on your side after you bridge, and not letting your opponent flatten you out. Also, once your elbow and knee are connected, you must push off to extend your body, and then you will have the space to recover your guard.

Inside the University 432 - Creating Space to Replace Guard

Inside the University 432 - Creating Space to Replace Guard

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Breaking down a common mistake, Saulo stresses the importance of pushing yourself away from your opponent after bridging. Many students will bridge and immediately try to replace the guard, but they do not have the space to succeed. So it is vital to escape your hips and create the space to bring your legs in and recover guard.

Inside the University 431 - Arm Positioning while Defending Side Control

Inside the University 431 - Arm Positioning while Defending Side Control

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When in bottom side control, Saulo advises against bringing your inside arm down to your opponent's hip, as this can expose your neck for attack. Second, his outside arm cups near the top of the head, where he has more control than if he cupped the neck. After he bridges, he uses his arms to push himself away from his opponent, giving him the space he needs to set up his block.

Inside the University 430 - Blocking Side Control

Inside the University 430 - Blocking Side Control

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After your guard has been passed and your opponent establishes side control, it's very important to stay calm and not give up the fight. Next, do not get your hands trapped against yourself or try to push his hips. Instead, Saulo traps his opponent's head by closing his biceps on it. He keeps his other arm attached to his body and his hand loose and free to move around. Now he bridges and while on his shoulder, he connects his inside elbow and knee together to protect his side. Now he is in a good position to keep blocking the side control, and has set himself up to escape when he is ready.

Inside the University 415 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

Inside the University 415 - Escaping Side Control when Opponent Switches His Base

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Again from side control, this time Xande's opponent switches his base right away, turning his hips toward Xande's head. Xande keeps with the idea of using his forearm to create a belt on his opponent's waist, with his hand on the hip and elbow on the mat. While pushing off with his frames, Xande can scoot his feet away to create the space he needs to turn to his hip and sneak his knee in under his opponent's hips. Now he can work to shimmy leg through to replace the guard.

Inside the University 414 - Controlling Your Opponent's Hips While In Side Control

Inside the University 414 - Controlling Your Opponent's Hips While In Side Control

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Xande's opponent has side control, so again Xande is making his frames with his forearms, and his bottom arm is staying across the waist like a belt. As Xande escapes his hips to try to replace guard, his opponent reacts by turning his hips toward Xande and trying to stay in a side control position. This gives Xande just enough time and space to slide his knee in and connect it to his elbow. Now both his forearm and knee are working together to block his opponent from reestablishing a strong side control, and eventually Xande can create the space to bring his leg all the way through and replace his guard.

Inside the University 413 - The Importance of Footwork to Escape

Inside the University 413 - The Importance of Footwork to Escape

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Xande breaks down how important using his feet to escape is in both placing himself in the right position to throw his opponent's weight, as well as using fast and small steps to help shimmy his way back to the guard.

Inside the University 412 - Side Control Escape to Closed Guard

Inside the University 412 - Side Control Escape to Closed Guard

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Xande's opponent has side control, so his first step is to make frames with his forearms against the neck and hips. Next he does two little hips escapes, first pushing off his inside foot and then his outside foot, creating space to bring his knee and shin inside against the hips. Now he can push off his frames to move his shoulder away, before bring his knee to the other side of his opponent's body. His final hip escape comes from pushing his inside foot off the floor and his shin off the hips to extend his body, giving him the space to bring his leg all the way through to close his guard.

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

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After emphasizing the importance of timing, and turning before your opponent gets to your side, Saulo now shows how to react when your opponent grabs your pants and prevents you from replacing guard. Already on his side, he takes several small steps away from his opponent, and creates the space to bring his leg underneath and turn belly down. From here he can press forward or sit back and replace guard.

Inside the University 370 - Preventing the Guard Pass

Inside the University 370 - Preventing the Guard Pass

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Saulo's opponent has just passed his guard and is looking to establish side control. Saulo immediately turns on his side to face him, with his arms tucked in, using his shoulder as a barrier. He bridges with his shoulder pushing his opponent away, and creates space to either bring his bottom leg back and turn belly down, bring his leg back in and recover the guard, or sit up and push forward.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 10 - Side Control Escape to Guillotine

Leticia Ribeiro Series 10 - Side Control Escape to Guillotine

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From the bottom in side control, Leticia places one forearm across her opponent's neck and the other across her hips. She bridges and escapes her hips, before moving her top elbow under the armpit and her other hand inside the hip. She pushes off, using the leverage top spin out and come to the top, immediately setting up a guillotine lock, where she can try to choke or set up other attacks.