Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

Inside the University 821 - No Grips Guard Passing Drill

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To start off class, Professor Rene has the students do a guard passing drill where they do not make any grips on the pants. Instead, they can grab the shins and focus on their footwork to get around the legs. The person on bottom works on their guard recovery, also not making grips.


Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

Inside the University 817 - Side to Side Passing and Taking the Back Drill

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Continuing from the previous side to side passing drill, after Tyrone jumps back to the original side, he now looks to take the back. Using his head and shoulder, he pushes to raise his opponent's hips off the mat, creating space to slide his first hook in. Now he can throw the second hook over and establish back control.

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

Inside the University 816 - Side to Side Passing Drill

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Now Tyrone shows a favorite passing drill of his. He begins with a leg drag and his opponent reacts by bringing his other leg over. Now Tyrone traps the legs and knee slides through to the other side. When his opponent escapes his hips, Tyrone hops back to the other side to get on the back.

Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

Inside the University 806 - Reverse Torreando Pass

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When Saulo is passing and gets to the north-south position while standing, he uses a variation of the torreando pass. He keeps his elbows on the inside while gripping the knees, and moves the legs until he finds the gap to collapse the legs and lower his level to establish his pass.

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

Inside the University 805 - Passing when Your Opponent Inverts

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This time when Saulo is passing, his opponent inverts to keep Saulo in the guard. Now Saulo continues going around til he is around the head in a north south position. From here he forces the legs down and drops his weight to establish side control.

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

Inside the University 804 - Hitting Through the Defense

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Saulo points out the difference of hitting through the defense and going around it. In this type of guard passing, he is using his hips to power his way through his opponent's defense. In order to power through, he drops his base low.

Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

Inside the University 803 - Passing Around Your Opponent's Frames

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In this position, when Saulo begins to pass to the side, his opponent puts up his frames on Saulo's arm to stop or slow him down. When passing, Saulo likes to have the same side collar and pants grip as he works his way around. In order to get around the frames, he drops his level and aggressively bumps the arms with his hips. Here he shows two options where he can stay on the same side or go around the head to establish side control on the other side.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 8 - Conclusion

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Rafael concludes his seminar, first by stressing the importance of getting past your opponent's knees and staying there, and then answering a few questions about the techniques shown.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple and Nearside Underhook

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Rafael shows another passing sequence variation from the shin staple, but this time after he gets a nearside underhook, which is his preferred way to use this guard passing system. After getting the nearside underhook, Rafael shows how he can pass with the knee slice, smash pass and straight to mount.

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

Rafael Lovato Jr. Knee on Body Passing Series 5 - Passing with the Shin Staple

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This time from his knee on body position, Rafael uses his shin staple, which is his shin across his opponent's thigh, pinning it to the mat. He gets his cross face and underhook to control the upper body next. From here, Rafael has a few different ways to pass the guard to side control or mount, depending on his opponent's reaction.

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

Inside the University 797 - Blocking the Hip

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Saulo points out the importance of putting your head all the way across your opponent's body and using it to pressure down on his hip to flatten him out.

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

Inside the University 796 - Passing with Head Pressure

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Continuing from the passing drill, now Saulo shows how to finish the pass. His main points of focus are to move his hand from the outside leg to control the inside leg, and his head drops to the hip to keep pressure on his opponent. Using this pressure to keep the hips flat, he can now pass the guard.