Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 8 - Foot Sweep with 50/50 Grips

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 8 - Foot Sweep with 50/50 Grips

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Travis answers a student's question about how to take down your opponent when you both have the same sleeve grip pushing down. Travis lifts his front foot off the mat to put more weight down on his grip, and places his foot behind his opponent's foot, hooking his heel. He bends his knee and sweeps his foot out from under him for the takedown.


Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 7 - Defending Grips

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Travis focuses on how to defend during the grip fight, stressing the importance of protecting your front foot side collar and sleeve. Travis does so by keeping his hand up to his chest while defending grips, and looking to catch his opponent's hand when he throws it in to make a grip. He also shows how blocking your opponent's shoulder, if he has your collar, can prevent the takedown.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 6 - Fundamentals of Grip Fighting

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Travis covers many topics in grip fighting, including how to grip against an opposite side opponent, how to determine what stance your opponent is, how to transition from sleeve to collar grips, and he shows a drill to practice setting up your grips.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 5 - Making Grips on Opponent with Same Sided Stance

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 5 - Making Grips on Opponent with Same Sided Stance

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Travis' opponent now has a same sided stance as him, so his first step is to use his foot work to circle his opponent to the left. After closing the distance, he reaches for the sleeve, but his opponent pulls his hand away. Travis no punches his arm straight out to grip the lapel. Now he can circle step back to the right, and make a grip on his opponent's sleeve. From here, with both grips, he can now attack as he did before.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 4 - Inside Trip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 4 - Inside Trip

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Travis sets up his sleeve grip as shown before, and makes a grip on the collar. His opponent reacts by bending over and backing up. Travis back steps to create an angle, and his other leg loops behind his opponent's ankle as he drops to his knee. His collar grip pulls the head to his body, and his other arm locks the leg to take his opponent down.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 3 - Controlling the Sleeve Grip

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 3 - Controlling the Sleeve Grip

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Travis shows a really strong sleeve grip he uses to completely control his opponent's arm. Using the circling footwork previously shown, he closes the distance and grabs the top of his opponent's sleeve with his four fingers. Now he circles his arm around while wrapping the sleeve around his hand for a very strong grip. From here, Travis also shows how he can switch to a headlock grip to set up a seoi nage.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 2 - Closing the Distance

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 2 - Closing the Distance

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Travis goes over a little more advanced footwork that is used to circle your opponent, while simultaneously closing the distance, so you can make your first grip on him.

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 1 - Basic Footwork

Travis Stevens Judo for BJJ 1 - Basic Footwork

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In this series, Travis Stevens, a 3X Olympian, a silver medalist at the 2016 Olympic Games, and a BJJ Black Belt, teaches some of the Judo fundamentals that have helped him become the decorated competitor he is. To start off his seminar, he goes over some the very basic and very important footwork needed to perform the techniques he will be showing.

Inside The University 304 - Sweep from Knee Shield Half Guard

Inside The University 304 - Sweep from Knee Shield Half Guard

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Xande is playing the knee shield half guard with the collar and sleeve grips, and his opponent tries to smash his legs down. He uses his collar grip to push his opponent back, and got the underhook, which caused his opponent to sit back, allowing Xande to regain a good collar grip. Now his opponent tries to put the weight back on him, so Xande pulls the collar and pushes the sleeve while kicking back with his leg to sweep him.

Inside The University 303 - Armbar from Back Control

Inside The University 303 - Armbar from Back Control

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Xande is on his opponent's back with both hooks and the seat belt grip. He grabs wrist control as he would a Kimura grip, on the arm that his seat belt goes underneath, which is also the side he is leaning on. When attacking the arm, Xande must make sure that his opponent does not trap his bottom hook with his legs. First, Xande puts his top foot on the hip and brings his bottom leg across the belly. Now his top leg swings over the head, and he is now in position to finish the armbar.

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

Inside The University 302 - Jumping Guard Pass

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With his opponent's guard open, Xande is basing with his legs wide and square, and using his collar grip to pull himself in and put pressure on his opponent. While pushing in the chest and gripping the pants on the outside leg, Xande jumps his feet back one after the other, and pushes the leg to the side so he can pass the guard.

Inside The University 301 - Passing the Closed Guard

Inside The University 301 - Passing the Closed Guard

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Xande's opponent has just jumped closed guard on him, so he squats with a strong base, grips his opponent's lapel and brings his elbow inside the knee. His other hand pushes down on the other knee to open the guard, and when his opponent hits the mat, Xande drives his knee on the lapel grip side to the floor, across his opponent's shin. From here he can either back step to finish the pass, or drop his hips, get the underhook and work his half guard passes.