Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

Inside the University 526 - Dealing with Your Opponent's Legs

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Covering several possibilities you could encounter while trying to pass the open guard, Saulo shows some different reactions you should train yourself for. If his opponent sits up with his feet on the ground, he doesn't worry about the legs, but just controls the shoulder. When he does engage the legs, Saulo will either knee slice to the inside, or sprawl and smash to the outside.


Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

Inside the University 525 - Establishing Headquarters

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Focusing on the beginning of the pass, Saulo breaks down establishing a solid base in headquarters. Once he slaps the legs and steps inside, he keeps his feet flat on the ground and squats low, sitting on the foot. Here he can sway side to side in a comfortable stance, and not telegraph to his opponent which side he wants to pass.

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

Inside the University 524 - Passing from Headquarters

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Now from the top, Saulo slaps the shins to the side as he steps in to his headquarters position, squatting with one of his oppoent's legs between his. He keeps a low base and stays agile, ready to move to either side. Now if his opponent turns to the inside, he puts his hand on the shoulder to stop him and passes with the knee slice. If his opponent turns to the outside, he drops his weight to smash pass.

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

Inside the University 523 - Side Stepping and Dropping

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Correcting some mistakes, Saulo points out not to step up on your opponent for this drill. By doing so, you give your legs for him to attack. Instead, he just stepping to the side, which gives him the space to drop down and smash if his opponent tries to sit up or come at him.

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 522 - Open Guard Passing Drill

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Saulo's opponent is on his back with both feet up in the open guard, so Saulo steps in with his lead leg landing on his opponent's shin. He squats down and pushes forward a bit, causing his opponent to react by pushing back out. Saulo uses his opponent's momentum to throw the legs aside as he steps to the other side, ready to pass. Then he repeats the drill, changing sides.

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 3 - Knee Cut Pass with Cross Collar Grip

Rafael Lovato Jr.'s Evolution of Jiu Jitsu 3 - Knee Cut Pass with Cross Collar Grip

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With his knee in the middle, Rafael pushes his opponent's outside leg down and away, keeps a same side collar grip with his other hand and turns his knee to the inside with his weight on his opponent's core. Next he switches to a cross collar grip and pins his opponent's arm to the mat. He opens his elbow to put heavy pressure on the face and he cuts his knee through, keeping it facing away from his opponent with his hip heavy on his opponent's hips. He pulls the sleeve high as he completes his pass, and from here he can keep the pressure or easily transition to knee on belly.

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo points out a mistake he sees where people are staying flat on their feet, which is throwing their balance off and not allowing them to react in time. Instead you should stay on your toes and be more agile and responsive. Also, when grabbing the shins, he keeps his hands moving fast so he doesn't allow his opponent to get any grips on him.

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Explaining some details in the previous technique, after Gustavo throws the legs to the side, he drops his inside knee to the floor right behind the his opponent's thighs, and reaches over the body to grab the lapel. Here traps the legs with his elbow and knee, and can move to side control or even take the back. In the next passing drill, he grabs the inside of the knee with a cross grip, pins it to the mat as he passes to the side, and makes a lapel grip or just pushes the chest down as he establishes side control.

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

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Gustavo begins standing in front of his opponent who is laying on his back in an open guard position. As Gustavo steps in, he grabs both shins with his C-grips and pushes the legs in, causing his opponent to react by pushing them back out. Gustavo can do this a motion a few times, and as the legs come back out, he steps back and pushes them to the side, opening the space he needs to pass to side control.

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

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Continuing from his side position after passing with the knee spin, now Rene's opponent turns to face him, so he immediately grabs his legs and pulls his knees down to the mat. He places his knee on top of his opponent's knees, moves his head inside on his opponent's chest, and back steps to the other side. For the drill, his opponent turns to face him again, and Rene repeats the movement. It's important to note that he is staying low and controlling the hips, rather than staying high in a typical cross body position.

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

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Rene begins on his knees in his opponent's butterfly guard. He makes a high collar grip and steps his knee up on the same side, keeping it connected to his opponent's leg. Now he does his knee spin, pulling the collar grip down and stepping his other leg back as he goes. This forces his opponent down to the mat and Rene finishes in a side control position.

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

Inside the University 475 - Open Guard Pass

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Knowing his opponent has a strong lasso guard, Saulo looks to avoid falling into his game by approaching the guard from a strong headquarters position, keeping his arms to his body and not extended. He steps in, grabs the shins and pushes them in, causing his opponent to react by kicking his feet back out. Saulo uses this reaction to push the legs to the side and step to the other side, where he can look to use his favorite guard pass.