Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

Inside the University 519 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Hooks

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Now Gustavo touches the importance of keeping his knees bent, reacting fast and being able to switch sides if necessary. Whenever he feels his opponent has weak hooks, he goes right for the knee cut. But sometimes the hooks are really strong, he may need to take an extra step to the side in order to create the space he needs to cut across the shin.


Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

Inside the University 518 - Knee Shield Guard Pass

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Again from inside his opponent's knee shield guard, Gustavo is controlling the position with his grip at the hip and his hand pressing down the bottom shoulder. But now he switches so his other hand presses the other shoulder, and he makes a grip on the bottom knee. He rises to his feet and pulls his opponent square to him, and then cuts his knee across the shin to pass to side control.

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

Inside the University 517 - Knee Shield Passing Drill

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Here Gustavo shows a drill to practice setting up a pass from the knee shield half guard. While on his knees, Gustavo gets on his toes and makes a grip on the pants at the hip, and presses down on the far shoulder. Putting his weight on his opponent, he raises his knees and walks to the other side, smashing his opponent's legs. Now he lets his opponent reset the knee shield on the opposite side and goes again. This drill will help set up the next pass.

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

Inside the University 516 - Switching to the Knee Cut Pass

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Saulo switches his hips and drops down low, but after he pulls his knee free, his opponent is pushing at his head and not allowing him to settle in. Now he can underhook his opponent's arm or "chicken wing" and turn his hips away to knee cut pass. In many cases, he will not even try to pass, but just use his collar grip to finish the choke.

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

Inside the University 515 - Getting Down Low

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Here Saulo emphasizes the importance of getting very low when he switches his hips. By getting low, his opponent does not have the leverage to push him away, and it's easy for Saulo to pull the leg to him and then stretch it away.

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

Inside the University 514 - Finishing the Choke

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When Saulo makes his grip on the collar, he does not grab too deep, but grips so the edge of his hand is across the throat. Now when he sits back, his elbow is on the floor for better leverage. Now he can grab the pants and shift back to begin to free his leg. As he's passing, then he can put pressure on the neck and go for the choke.

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

Inside the University 513 - Hip Switch Half Guard Pass

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From inside his opponent's half guard, Saulo makes a thumb in cross collar grip and switches his hips to face his opponent. When he switches, he puts his head heavy on the chest and drops his hips low, placing his outside knee underneath his opponent's thigh. Now he uses his outside shin to block the bottom knee and straightens his arm to open the guard and get his pass. He also has the option to choke, depending on how his opponent reacts.

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

Dennis Hallman Series 10 - Kneebar from Half Guard on Top

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Dennis is on top in his opponent's half guard, and when his opponent lays flat, he turns away planting his right hand on the mat and stepping his left leg backward to a sitting a position. From here he hugs his opponent's leg and lays back to finish the kneebar. If his opponent figure fours his legs to defend, Dennis can easily peal the leg off with his hand.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 8 - Passing to Mount with Cross Collar Grip

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Rafael works for the same pass shown in the previous technique, but this time his opponent brings his inverted De La Riva hook to the the other side. Now when Rafael frees his trapped leg, he puts his knee forward to pin his opponent's thigh, most likely ending up in 3/4 mount position. Since he already has his cross collar grip, he can attack the neck and most likely his opponent will try to bridge to escape. This allows Rafael to settle in to full mount and work to submit.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 7 - Passing with the Thumb In Cross Collar Grip

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While working from his headquarters position, Rafael's opponent turns and switches to an inverted De La Riva guard. With one hand already gripping the pants, Rafael turns his shoulder and toes to the knee and reaches across with his other hand to make the thumb in cross collar grip. He drops his outside knee to the mat for a solid base and pins the head using his forearm. Now he just stretches his leg until he breaks his opponent's grip and can pass to the side.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 6 - Transitioning Between Knee Cut and Side Smash

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Rafael touches on a few points of his passing game, including how he can transition between the knee cut and side smash passes. While working the knee cut, if his opponent tries to turn into the knee the opposite direction Rafael is facing, this is the time to go with his momentum and settle in on the side smash. From here he can go back the knee cut if necessary, and keep going back and forth until something opens up for him.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 5 - Modified Guillotine Choke with Cross Collar Grip

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Rafael uses his knee cut to pass the guard with his four fingers in cross collar grip, and his opponent begins to turn in to him and try to turtle. Rafael lets him turn a little and then stops him using shoulder pressure on the arm, and with his free arm, he reaches over the shoulder and grabs the belt. Now he flexes his wrist on the neck and clears his opponent's bottom arm with his knee, before switching his hips and dropping them to the mat. From here he keeps his ribs heavy on his opponent's face, squeezes with his elbow and wrist, and steps his leg over the body to finish the choke.