Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

Inside the University 510 - Takedown Sparring

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Getting ready for the World Championship, the students do some takedown sparring where the winner stays on the mat and keeps fighting.


Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

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This week is all about training for the World Championship, so everyone is warming up with some grip fighting, and setting up their takedowns after breaking the grips.

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

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Now Saulo focuses on breaking his opponent's grip and setting up a takedown. In this drill, he is more concerned about moving fast and aggressive, and not so much worried about the details of the technique. He grabs his opponent's hand that is gripping his collar, does an explosive traditional grip break, and then pushes the arm to the side so he can set up a takedown or next move of his choice. This is a drill to replicate what will actually happen in a fight.

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

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Now Saulo points out the importance of staying connected to your opponent and really driving forward to move him, rather than just pushing with your arms. It is also helpful for the partner being moved to stay relaxed and almost be dead weight.

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

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To start the warm up for World Championship training, Saulo begins standing with the classic collar and sleeve grips. He makes sure not to squeeze too tight with his grips so he doesn't stiffen up, and he keeps his elbows closed so he doesn't allow his opponent to control the grip fight. Now he lowers his level into a nice base and walks forward, pushing his opponent back as he steps. When he wants to turn, he opens one elbow, and pulls down and pivot steps to turn his opponent.

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

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Now Rene shows a couple leg trip takedown drills, similar to the kouchi gari and ouchi gari. First is when he and his partner are both standing with the right leg forward. Rene lowers his level and steps in with his right leg hooking behind his opponent's right leg, similar to the kouchi gari, and drives him to the mat. On the second drill, he is standing with left leg forward, so he steps in with his left and hooks his opponent's right leg, similar to the ouchi gari, and drives him to the mat.

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

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To begin class, Professor Rene shows some different double leg takedown drills. First he makes his classic collar and triceps grips on the gi, opens his arms and pulls his opponent to him as he lowers his level, steps his leg in between the legs and grabs behind the knees. In the next drill, his opponent has one leg forward, so Rene steps outside the lead leg, lowers his level so his shoulder is the hip, grabs behind the knees and drives his opponent to the mat.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 8 - Kouchi Gari to Single Leg Takedown

Eduardo Inojosa Series 8 - Kouchi Gari to Single Leg Takedown

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Combining two takedowns, Eduardo first grabs the same side lapel and pulls his opponent to him as he sweeps across at the inside of his opponent's foot. His opponent reacts by stepping his leg out, so Eduardo drops to his knees and grabs the near leg. Now he can stand up and drive or run the pipe to finish the takedown.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 5 - Guard Pull to Hook Sweep

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Eduardo pulls guard and feeds the lapel around the leg, looking for the same sweep shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent reacts by dropping his weight and settling on his knees. Now Eduardo makes a sleeve grip, escapes his hips so he's on his side, and places his outside hook in the groin. From here he just kicks the knee away and pulls the sleeve to get to the top and finish the sweep.

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

Eduardo Inojosa Series 4 - Guard Pull to Single Leg Sweep

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From standing, Eduardo makes a grip on the collar and pulls it to him as he drops down to his guard, with both legs going underneath his opponent. The same side shin as his collar grip blocks his opponent's leg as he feeds the lapel to his other hand, wrapping up the other leg and securing a single leg grip. Now he pulls the collar and kicks his shin back to make his opponent go forward and post his hand. With his opponent's weight off him now, Eduardo can turn to his elbow and stand up with the single leg to finish the sweep.

Inside the University 458 - Single Leg and Sprawling Drills

Inside the University 458 - Single Leg and Sprawling Drills

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Xande shows a couple simple takedown drills to warm up. First he grabs a basic single leg, and then steps his inside leg to the outside as he pulls the leg up to his chest and presses his hips forward. The next drill his opponent drops to one knee and sets up a double leg, with his head on the outside. Xande places one hand on the head and underhooks the other arm, and then sprawls with his hip very heavy on the shoulder. Now he just spins around to the back to finish the drill.