Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

Inside the University 508 - Winning the 50-50 Guard Battle

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When looking to get out of the 50-50 guard, Saulo first pinches his knees and pushes his opponent's knee to the ground. After his opponent's feet are uncrossed, Saulo now pushes himself back and away from his opponent, giving him the space he needs to stand up into base. From here he looks to establish himself in a strong top position.


Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

Inside the University 507 - Grip Fighting

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This week is all about training for the World Championship, so everyone is warming up with some grip fighting, and setting up their takedowns after breaking the grips.

World Championship Training Highlight

World Championship Training Highlight

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The World Championship is next week and everyone at the University of Jiu-Jitsu has been training hard to prepare for battle. Here is a little highlight of some of the training. Good luck to all competitors!

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

Inside the University 506 - Flipping the "S"

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Touching on some details of the collar drag, Saulo first notes the importance of not stretching your leg too much when your foot is on the hip, which can allow your opponent to easily pass your guard. Another key point is to not pull your opponent on top of you when dragging the collar. To avoid this, he puts his weight on his posted hand and foot on the hip, keeping his own hip off the mat. Now when he drags the collar, he can easily shift his body to the outside. This is when he flip the "S" by rotating his legs and hips to face the other side, placing him in a position next to his opponent where he can easily climb to the back or finish on top.

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

Inside the University 505 - Setting Up Attacks after Pulling Guard

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Now Saulo steps to the side and pulls guard, immediately setting up his classic guard collar and sleeve grips. He turns to his side and pinches with his knees, places his foot in the hip and posts his hand to sit himself up into an attacking position. From here he has many attacks depending on how his opponent reacts. The three he shows now are the collar drag, loop choke and butterfly sweep.

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

Inside the University 504 - Explosive Grip Breaking

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Now Saulo focuses on breaking his opponent's grip and setting up a takedown. In this drill, he is more concerned about moving fast and aggressive, and not so much worried about the details of the technique. He grabs his opponent's hand that is gripping his collar, does an explosive traditional grip break, and then pushes the arm to the side so he can set up a takedown or next move of his choice. This is a drill to replicate what will actually happen in a fight.

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

Inside the University 503 - Staying Connected and Driving Forward

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Now Saulo points out the importance of staying connected to your opponent and really driving forward to move him, rather than just pushing with your arms. It is also helpful for the partner being moved to stay relaxed and almost be dead weight.

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

Inside the University 502 - Backing Your Opponent Down

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To start the warm up for World Championship training, Saulo begins standing with the classic collar and sleeve grips. He makes sure not to squeeze too tight with his grips so he doesn't stiffen up, and he keeps his elbows closed so he doesn't allow his opponent to control the grip fight. Now he lowers his level into a nice base and walks forward, pushing his opponent back as he steps. When he wants to turn, he opens one elbow, and pulls down and pivot steps to turn his opponent.

Inside the University 501 - Sweeping the Floor with Your Feet

Inside the University 501 - Sweeping the Floor with Your Feet

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One detail Xande points out here is that it is not good to stomp your feet on the mat to gain leverage for your bumps when you want to escape. Instead, he is just sweeping the mat as he takes small steps away from his opponent. This allows him to stay connected to the mat, ready to react whenever necessary, and also does not telegraph his next move to his opponent. Now he works his side control escape drill with this in mind, and focuses on keeping a connection with the mat.

Inside the University 500 - Setting Up the Hip Bump

Inside the University 500 - Setting Up the Hip Bump

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Touching on a common mistake, Xande points out how he does not like to make a big hip bump right away. Instead, he moves a little to makes some space, makes sure his frames are in place and then makes his big hip bump and extends his body. Sometimes he even waits for a reaction from his opponent to time his bump. Also, he makes sure to keep his frames in place until he has recovered his guard.

Inside the University 499 - Pushing Off the Shoulder

Inside the University 499 - Pushing Off the Shoulder

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Fine tuning some details, Xande explains how he places his top hand at his opponent's clavicle, with the edge of the pinky finger side making the initial contact. His other hand can stay down at the hip to keep a block and feel his opponent's movement. After Xande makes his first hip bump, now he can extend his upper body to straighten his arm, rather than just trying to push the shoulder away. This gives him the space he needs to bring his leg back in and recover his guard.

Inside the University 498 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

Inside the University 498 - Replacing Guard from Side Control

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With his opponent on his side control, Xande places both hands on his opponent's shoulder, his outside foot flat on the mat and his inside foot on its side with his knee attached to the body. He steps his flat foot out a bit and makes his first small hip escape. Now he has a little space to take another step and push off the shoulder for a big hip escape, and he can bring his leg in to begin replacing guard.