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.

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

Claudia do Val Series 7 - Mounting from Side Control

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Again because of her shoulder injury, Claudia is unable to cross face and put a heavy shoulder on her opponent from side control, so instead, she traps her opponent's hips between her knee and her elbow. She reaches across the neck to grab the collar with her thumb in, and when her opponent turns in to try to replace guard, Claudia jumps up to knee on belly. After establishing her position, she slides her knee all the way across to gain the mount.

Nathiely de Jesus Series 3 - Arm Drag to Collar Choke from Closed Guard

Nathiely de Jesus Series 3 - Arm Drag to Collar Choke from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Nathiely controls her opponent's sleeve with a cross grip, and drags the arm across her body as she brings her own legs to her body. Next she reaches over the back to grab the armpit, and opens her guard to escape a little to the side before closing her guard again. From here she reaches across the neck to grab the collar, and releases the sleeve grip to swim her arm under her opponent's arm and behind her head. Now she just stretches her arms to finish the choke.

Josh Hinger Series 10 - Kimura from Inverted Triangle

Josh Hinger Series 10 - Kimura from Inverted Triangle

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Starting from side control, Josh sets up his Kimura and falls to the inverted triangle again, but he cannot finish any of the previous submissions he's shown. With his Kimura grip locked, he curls his legs and pinches his knees, and rolls back up to his knees. Josh still has the head and arm trapped in his legs. Now to finish the Kimura, he keeps the arm tight to his chest, pulls it away from his opponent's body, and then up and over the hip til his opponent taps.