Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 1 - Interview

Giva Santana Arm Collector Series 1 - Interview

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Saulo sits down with Giva Santana, and talk about his history in BJJ and MMA. Giva is a World Cup Champion, multiple Pan American Champion and multiple World Master Champion. As an MMA fighter, he earned the nickname "The Arm Collector" during a 10 fight winning streak in which he finished all his opponents with armbars.


Inside the University 306 - Collar Drag to the Back

Inside the University 306 - Collar Drag to the Back

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Xande prefers to do the collar drag when he also has sleeve control, however, in his most recent fight with Felipe Pena, he had an opportunity for the collar drag without having sleeve control. Using the same principles as the last technique, Xande emphasizes the importance of going for the drag when your opponent is backing away from you. He breakdowns the situation in which Pena was trying to pass his guard, but at one point he backed away, giving Xande the opportunity to hit the collar drag.

Inside the University 305 - Collar and Sleeve Drag to the Back

Inside the University 305 - Collar and Sleeve Drag to the Back

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Xande is playing the open guard with the cross collar and same side sleeve grips. His opponent is gripping his belt, so Xande pushes at his hips with his feet, and pulls to break the grip. This gives him space to drag the collar and sleeve to the side, and kicking the hip allows him to escape his hips to the other side. Now his opponent's back is open for him to climb up and take it.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 17 - Mental Exercise for Champions

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 17 - Mental Exercise for Champions

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Travis discusses the mindset of a champion and walks everyone through a mental exercise he uses to prepare himself for competition.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 16 - Takedown and Defense Drills

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 16 - Takedown and Defense Drills

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Travis shows a couple different takedown drills to practice the seoi nage, one using the wall, and one using multiple partners. He also shows a drill to practice defending the seoi nage by squatting and using his hips.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 15 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Cross Collar Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 15 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Cross Collar Grip

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Travis' opponent has a collar grip on him, so his first step is to grip the sleeve and pull it up the wrist. His other hand comes thumb to thumb, and pushes to break the grip, and he keeps the sleeve grip. He also makes a cross collar grip, and pulls it up and circles, pulling his opponent with him. When his opponent steps, he opens the space for Travis to utilize the same footwork he's been working to drop to the seoi nage.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 14 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Collar Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 14 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Collar Grip

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Travis shows another variation of the seoi nage, now using a collar grip. Stressing the importance of the grip, Travis opens his arm and rolls his hand up his opponent's shoulder. His other hand is pulling the other arm up as well. Now he takes his steps and rotates into his opponent, bringing his elbow underneath the far arm. He finishes the throw by pulling the arm down and lifting his opponent as he did before.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 13 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Arm Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 13 - Ippon Seoi Nage with Arm Grip

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Travis shows his favorite version of the ippon seoi nage from start to finish. With the collar grip, always on top of his opponent's arm, Travis first pushes the arm down, causing his opponent to push back up. Travis uses this opportunity to pull the arm up, and use his foot work to turn and close the distance, bringing his other arm underneath his opponent's arm. To finish the throw, he pulls down hard on the arm, lifts his opponent by raising his level and throws him over the top by bowing down.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 12 - Seoi Nage Drill

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 12 - Seoi Nage Drill

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Travis puts the footwork and the lifting together to work a seoi nage drill. He also breaks down the importance of distance based on how tall your opponent is or what his posture is. The taller your opponent, the closer you need to get to him to properly lift him up and throw him.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 11 - Seoi Nage Footwork

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 11 - Seoi Nage Footwork

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Travis breaks down the footwork required for a seoi nage throw into three simple steps, turning himself 180 degrees. This drill can be done with a partner standing still to help gauge your distance, or it can be done on your own.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 10 - Lifting Your Opponent

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 10 - Lifting Your Opponent

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Travis shows an exercise to practice properly lifting your opponent of his feet before you throw him. His partner holds his arms straight out and Travis turns his back to him and closes the distance. He grips the gi or wrists, squats and pulls his arms forward. Now Travis straightens his legs and pulls his partner forward, lifting him off the mat. From here, he can finish a throw simply by bowing.

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

Travis Stevens BJJ for Judo 9 - Grip Breaking

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Travis' opponent has a grip on his lapel, so first Travis makes the same grip on his opponent's lapel. His other hand makes a C-grip, and he brings it up, grabbing his opponent's wrist from underneath. At the same time, Travis pulls back with his back, and brings the arm across his body before making a grip on his opponent's back. Now he has different foot sweep and takedown options from here.