Inside the University 593 - Staying In Tune with Your Training Partner

Inside the University 593 - Staying In Tune with Your Training Partner

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Going over the techniques, Saulo discusses the importance of working with your partner and staying in tune as you practice, in order to get the most efficiency out of your training. It is important to talk to each other and calibrate your strength and timing when doing the drills, so you can both learn the ins and outs of the position.


Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

Inside the University 592 - Defending a Deep Knee Cut

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Saulo shows the last line of defense when your opponent goes for a knee cut and gets it deep before you can defend. He turns in facing his opponent, and keeps his elbows hugged tight to his body keeping himself safe from any grip control. From his side, can sit up and recover his guard.

Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

Inside the University 567 - Developing Proper Timing

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Wrapping up the lesson for the day, Saulo speaks on the importance of training with the right goal in mind. In this case, the training partners must be on the same page and cooperate with each other in order to develop the proper timing of the sweep. This lesson can be extended to everyday practice.

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

Inside the University 566 - Half Guard Sweep Demonstrated in Live Training

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Fabio demonstrates his sweep in a live situation while training partners get the escrima and try to pass his guard.

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

Inside the University 565 - Getting Top Position After You Bridge

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Touching on a few details, Fabio shows that he is not rolling immediately after bridging his opponent off him. He steers the wheel with his grips to roll his opponent, and then he can either bring his outside leg over or his inside leg underneath to get to the top. He also points out the difference of having a low escrima which is ineffective, and a high escrima which can immobilize the arm.

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

Inside the University 564 - Bridge Sweep from Half Guard when Opponent has Escrima

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Guest instructor and old student of Saulo's, Fabio Lewin, shows his specialty sweep from the half guard when his opponent has the escrima or underhook on him. First Fabio turns his hips to the outside and makes a grip on the knee of the trapped leg. Now he his other grip goes either to the other knee or reaches over the arm and grabs the belt if his opponent gets that side escrima as well. Next he plants both feet on the mat and bridges high, rolling his opponent off him, and turns belly down to come to the top position.

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

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Now Xande's opponent is attempting the toreando or bull fighter pass, so Xande's first line of defense is to make his frames on the shoulder and biceps. As his opponent keeps trying to go around, Xande stays connected with his frames and uses his bottom foot to keep turning his body with his opponent, never giving him the angle to pass.

Inside the University 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

Inside the University 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

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Xande's opponent is looking to get shoulder pressure and mount from the half guard, so first Xande makes sure to hook his leg and place his hand between his cheek and opponent's shoulder. He connects his elbow to his knee and works the crown of his head to the shoulder, keeping his opponent at bay and forcing him to make a move. When his opponent goes, Xande pushes away, places his shield and recovers guard.

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

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Sometimes when your opponent is dropping his weight on you, it can be very difficult to create space, so Xande suggests using the earthquake. He pushes off his outside foot to bridge his hips, and then pushes with his shoulder, and repeats so he is rocking back and forth and creating space to recover his guard. Also, it is key for him to keep his opponent's weight at his hips where he can generate more power.

Inside the University 554 - Using the Underhook to Open the Arm

Inside the University 554 - Using the Underhook to Open the Arm

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Showing how to use the underhook from the top position, Xande drops his weight on his opponent and drives his shoulder up to open the arm he is underhooking. The more weight and pressure he can keep from this position, the more difficulty his opponent will have trying to free his arm.

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

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Xande is on bottom and his opponent is trying to pass his half guard with the Escrima pass. First Xande blocks his opponent's free arm to keep him from getting head control, and his other arm makes a frame at the neck. Now he hips away a little bit and slides his bottom shoulder up, and repeats until his opponent is low on him. From here he has many options to place his shield, or even throw some attacks depending how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 533 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

Inside the University 533 - Taking the Back from Half Guard

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From the half guard, Saulo bridges and gets the underhook, keeping his hand closer to the side of the back rather than reaching across, to protect from the whizzer. Now he switches his legs, using his outside leg as his hook. He opens his elbow and turns to his shoulder, opening space for him to get to his knees and sneak out the back door, ready to attack his opponent's back.