Inside the University 1024 - Armbar from the Back when Opponent Defends Choke

Inside the University 1024 - Armbar from the Back when Opponent Defends Choke

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Gustavo's opponent is in survival position and defending the choke, so Gustavo reaches over an arm and grabs the elbow to open the arm. Now he can thread his arm through to control his opponent's arm, step on the hip and look to set up his armbar. He reaches to grab the pants and throws his leg over the head to get the submission.


Inside the University 1023 - The Finer Details of Finishing a Lapel Choke from the Back

Inside the University 1023 - The Finer Details of Finishing a Lapel Choke from the Back

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Gustavo goes over some intricate details of finishing the choke, including how to wrap the collar around the neck, basing on your forearm to create more pressure in the choke, and what your fingers and wrist should be doing to get the submission.

Inside the University 1022 - Collar Choke from Back Control when Your Grip Is Not Very Deep

Inside the University 1022 - Collar Choke from Back Control when Your Grip Is Not Very Deep

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In this situation, Gustavo is looking for the choke but his grip is not very deep because his opponent is defending well. So now instead of keeping his arm tight to his opponent, he extends his arms and stretches his body away to tighten the choke. After creating tension, he can close the distance to fully secure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1021 - Keeping Your Elbow Attached to His Shoulder when Choking

Inside the University 1021 - Keeping Your Elbow Attached to His Shoulder when Choking

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Gustavo goes over an important detail of how his elbow never loses contact with his opponent's shoulder while he is going for the choke. If it does lose connection, then his opponent will have space to escape.

Inside the University 1020 - Collar Choke from the Back

Inside the University 1020 - Collar Choke from the Back

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Professor Gustavo begins class with a basic collar choke from back control. He starts with both hooks and seatbelt control, and goes over some details in maintaining a good control from here. To set up the choke, he opens the lapel and feeds it to his choking hand. His other hand makes a grip on the cross lapel and he can choke from here.

Inside the University 960 - Hunting for the Choke

Inside the University 960 - Hunting for the Choke

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Gustavo goes over a few details on how to use your feet to help you move your hips where they need to be. He also shows how he immediately looks for the choke when attacking his opponent's back. Getting the hooks in is secondary for him, so always hunt for the choke.

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

Dallas Nile Crucifix Series 8 - Kimura Trap

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Another option Dallas likes when his opponent drops his head to the mat in attempt to escape is to grab a Kimura grip. If his opponent stays on his back then Dallas looks to get to his knees and finish the Kimura on top. If his opponent tries to run away then Dallas looks to attack the back.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 6 - Breaking Your Opponent's Hand Clasp

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When Dallas' opponent clasps his hands together to defend the armbar, it's important that he maintains control of the near arm in order to break the grip. He does so by getting 2 on 1 wrist control and pinning the arm to the chest. Now he can pull with his legs to break the grip and finish the armbar.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 4 - Kimura / Reverse Omoplata

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Now from the crucifix, Dallas' opponent tries to defend by bending his arm so Dallas locks a triangle, trapping the arm at a 90 degree angle. He sits up without letting his opponent sit up, and brings his body over the head to further trap him. By coming forward he is able to finish a Kimura style shoulder lock.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 3 - Triangle Control, Wrist Lock and Arm Bends

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Now with the crucifix, Dallas locks up a triangle and really isolates the arm. From here he has many options including wrist locks, various arm locks, and if all else fails, he can transition to side control.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 2 - Crucifix Armbar

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Now Dallas shows his armbar finish from the crucifix. He crosses his feet over the wrist and uses pressure from his hips to get the tap. If his opponent turns his thumb in either direction, Dallas may have to scoot his hips in or out to get the leverage he needs to submit.

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

Dallas Niles Crucifix Series 1 - Crucifix Choke

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In this series Dallas Niles, a black belt under Rafael Lovato Jr., teaches the ins and outs of the crucifix, a position he's been working on since his first day on the mat. Before getting into the set ups, he shows how he finishes the choke. A couple key points are he keeps his opponent's back on his chest, and he uses pressure from his shoulder to push the head forward into the choke.