Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 952 - Blocking Side Control with Your Outside Arm

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First Saulo shows a mobility drill you can do to practice recovering guard from side control. Next he shows why it's so important to react right away and block your opponent using your outside arm. The old way is to block with your inside arm, but this can easily lead to trouble for you.


Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

Inside the University 939 - Solo Drill to Escape Mount and Recover Guard

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Now Saulo goes over a drill to do on your own that covers the entire movement of escaping the mount and recovering your guard. This drill puts all the movements together, and you should make a point to focus on doing a proper block at the beginning, as it is the key to the entire escape.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 6 - Combat Mobility Combinations

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Now Xande puts all these mobility drills together, combining them anyway that feels natural to mimic the movements he would make in a fight. This is a fun and useful way to practice your mobility for grappling.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 5 - Forward Stepping to Your Knees

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Xande starts this movement from his side, imagining a situation where his opponent is attacking his back. Now he uses his forward step to get away and turns to turtle. From here he can fadeway and get to his back to recover his guard.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 4 - Hip Switch to All Fours

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Building on top of the previous movements, Xande now shows a combination using a few different steps and a hip switch to the other side when he bridges, before bringing his leg underneath to get to all fours. Then he can fade away back to a supine position and redo the drill.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 3 - Bridge to All Fours

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This movement is one to use when someone is on your back and you want to turn in and face them. Xande begins on his back and bridges his hips before taking a couple steps and turning to his side. Now he brings his leg underneath and turns to all fours.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 2 - Activating Your Pedal Leg

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Having sat back with the fade away, Xande's focus now is activating his pedal or bottom leg. He can bring back and get to his knee for hero pose or warrior stance, or even to a technical stand up. He can also bring it forward to sit down and pull guard. This drill will help you practice moving back and forth with your pedal leg.

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

Xande's Turtle and Back Defense 1 - Fade Away from Turtle

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This series will cover Xande's favorite ways to defend from the turtle position and when your opponent has your back with one hook. He begins with some mobility drills that will translate into all of his escapes. First is the fade away, which he goes from turtle to s position, sometimes tying them together with the hero pose. His whole idea is to get to a safe seated position.

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

Inside the University 896 - Mobility Drill to Help Your Mount Escape

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To emphasize how to bring your leg up and crunch your body when escaping the mount, Saulo shows the kick the door mobility drill from the tiger routine. This drill done properly is the same movement he is looking for when bringing his leg underneath his opponent's leg.

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

Inside the University 884 - Mobility Side Roll Warm Up Drill

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To warm up, Xande introduces a mobility drill where he continually rolls over his side. He first leads with his hips, then follows with his torso, while keeping his feet connected to the floor at all times.

Inside the University 878 - Kick the Door Warm Up

Inside the University 878 - Kick the Door Warm Up

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To begin this week's lesson on knee on the belly, Sensei Saulo warms up the class with the Kick the Door movement from the tiger routine. During the lesson, he will show how this movement can be applied to protecting yourself while trying to escape the knee on belly.

Inside the University 873 - Warming Up with the Whip

Inside the University 873 - Warming Up with the Whip

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To kick off the first BJJ Library class of the new year, Sensei Saulo begins with a warm up lesson on the whip. The whip is part of the Ribeiro Tiger Routine, and offers some fundamental movements to help you flow through your overall Jiu Jitsu game.