Inside the University 762 - Butterfly Lift Drill

Inside the University 762 - Butterfly Lift Drill

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Showing how he sets up his butterfly guard, Xande first teaches the butterfly lift drill. With both hooks in place, he pulls himself close to his opponent and gets his hips underneath as lays back and lifts him up with his hooks. He reaches one arm behind the back and his other hand grabs the pants. He stretches his legs and puts his opponent back on the mat, then brings his leg on the pants grip side to him. He keeps his head in the chest and here he is set up to attack from his butterfly guard.


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 732 - Jiu Jitsu Chess

Inside the University 732 - Jiu Jitsu Chess

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Professor Nick Schrock shows a fun game you play as a drill called Jiu Jitsu chess. The rules are to make one move at a time, whether it be make a grip, break a grip, place a hook and so on. This game will make you think about each move and is a good exercise for your brain.

Inside the University 731 - Tiger Routine - Full Sequence

Inside the University 731 - Tiger Routine - Full Sequence

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Now Professor Rene shows how to combine all the movements in the tiger routine into one fluid sequence. Once the movements are learned, you can combine them any way you like to develop better mobility, flexibility, strength and endurance.

Inside the University 730 - Tiger Routine - Warrior Walk and Kick the Sky

Inside the University 730 - Tiger Routine - Warrior Walk and Kick the Sky

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For the warrior walk, Rene steps his back leg up from S position, and places it in front of him while staying on his back knee in a lunge position. His opposite arm comes across toward his front leg and he turns his body in that direction. Next he steps up onto his front foot and kicks to the sky at the same time he swings his arm to slap his foot. He notes that his leg and arm are rotating toward each other. After making contact, he steps his knee back down behind him and then his front leg goes back down to his original S position.

Inside the University 729 - Tiger Routine - Protection Walk and Side Kick

Inside the University 729 - Tiger Routine - Protection Walk and Side Kick

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From S position, Rene plants his hands on the side of his front leg, and switches his legs to alligator position. A detail here is that he always makes sure he stays looking forward. Now for the side kick, he pushes himself up with his arms and kicks his back leg through, bringing his knee to his chest and extending his leg straight up. As he kicks his front hand goes behind him so he ends up in a crab walk position, with one leg in the air. To finish the movement, he goes back to alligator position and then back to S position.

Inside the University 728 - Tiger Series - Belly Down

Inside the University 728 - Tiger Series - Belly Down

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For the belly down movement, Rene drops his shoulder to the mat next to his front leg, plants his back foot on the mat to lift his knee and slides his front leg back through it. When he gets to bell down, his arms are wide and his chest is open, making it easy for him to roll to his side. Then he steps his foot up high and slides his other leg through to establish S position on the opposite side.

Inside the University 727 - Tiger Routine - Around the World

Inside the University 727 - Tiger Routine - Around the World

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Now for another transition from the S position, Rene leans to the side of his front leg and posts his hand and then elbow on the mat. He continues to lower himself to post his shoulder, and as he does, he kicks his back leg forward and straight across his body. Continuing his momentum, he swings his other leg and rolls onto his back with his legs stretched wide open. He keeps rolling on his back and finishes the movement in S position on the opposite side.

Inside the University 726 - Tiger Routine - Kick the Door

Inside the University 726 - Tiger Routine - Kick the Door

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Again starting from the S position, for kick the door, Rene brings his back leg in front of him, bringing his knee close to his chest. He kicks his leg forward til it's straight, and then switches it out with his other leg before swinging swinging it back, and ending up in the S position on the opposite side. Each time he brings his legs forward and switches them, he makes sure to bring his knee to his chest and exhale with his movements.

Inside the University 725 - Tiger Routine - The Whip

Inside the University 725 - Tiger Routine - The Whip

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In the Ribeiro system, the Tiger Routine is a series of movements designed to improve mobility, flexibility and strength. Professor Rene begins the series by showing the first transition, the whip. With his legs in the S position, he pushes off the edge of his front foot to kick his back leg in front of him. At the same time, he swings his arms to build momentum as his front leg swings back, finishing in the S position on the opposite side. It's also important to put an emphasis on your breathing and exhaling while swinging your legs.

Inside the University 680 - Triangle Drills

Inside the University 680 - Triangle Drills

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To start off his lesson on triangles, Professor Rene shows a couple drills you can do to warm up and get the mobility needed to set up your triangles. The first is the double crunch drill with a partner, and the second is one you can do on your own, using the same movements.

Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

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To set himself in position for the Helio Gracie choke exercise, Saulo first falls backward, extending his legs when he hits the mat in order to stop himself from rolling backward. Now with his knees bent and his legs in front, he reaches up with his arms for the imaginary cross collars, and simultaneously uses his hips to bring his legs to his core.