Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

Inside the University 606 - Controlling the Arm

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From the S-mount, when Saulo is attacking the arm and throws his leg over the head, it is very important that he stays leaning at an angle and not rising up. Again, by lifting his body, he gives his opponent the space to free his arm. In the case his opponent doesn't push, and leaves his arm trapped, Saulo controls the chicken wing and works for head and arm control.


Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

Inside the University 605 - Swinging the Leg to S Mount

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Correcting a common mistake, Saulo points out how your leg must swing fluidly to the S mount, while keeping your hips low. Many people raise their hips to get there, and end up giving too much space for their opponent to escape. That's why you need to make sure swing your leg along the mat without sitting up.

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

Inside the University 604 - Attacking with Your Outside Arm

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After getting to his S mount position, Saulo attacks the armbar by wrapping the arm from the outside, rather than feeding his other arm from the inside. This way, he has the angle to attack the second arm if his opponent is able to pull away the first arm.

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

Inside the University 603 - Creating the Angle to Finish from the Mount

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After Saulo steps over and gets to the mount position on his opponent, he leans to the side at an angle with his hand posting on the mat, and swings his leg to an S position. With his S mount, he can put more pressure on his opponent and also has a better angle to attack the arm. If his opponent is able to defend the first arm, he has the leverage he needs to attack the second arm.

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

Inside the University 602 - Side Control to Mount to Armbar

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From side control, Saulo keeps heavy pressure on his opponent by staying on his toes, rather than resting on his knees. He opens his hips and whips his leg over the body. He settles in this position, waiting for his opponent to push and bridge, giving Saulo the opportunity to square his hips and climb to a high mount. Now he can trap the arm and get the armbar.

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

Xande's Dominant Control Series Highlight

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If you haven't already, make sure to go back and watch Xande's Dominant Control Series. Learn the leverage and techniques that have led Xande to winning 7 World Championship Titles as a Black Belt.

Inside the University 601 - Knee Shield Principles

Inside the University 601 - Knee Shield Principles

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Xande breaks down the general concepts of the knee shield guard, stressing the importance of using one foot on the hip while using your knee shield. He shows how to switch back and forth from side to side, and how to use his frame to scoot back into a technical stand up or to reset his guard.

Inside the University 600 - Kata Guruma / Fireman's Carry Drill

Inside the University 600 - Kata Guruma / Fireman's Carry Drill

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Walking backward with the collar and triceps grip, when his opponent is stepping forward with the same side leg as the collar grip, Xande pulls the collar down as he squats and throws his other arm under the legs. In the second variation of the drill, Xande drops to his knees while pulling the collar, and dumps his opponent over his shoulder.

Inside the University 599 - Walking Forward Seoi Nage Drill

Inside the University 599 - Walking Forward Seoi Nage Drill

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Applying the same grips and walking pattern as the previous seoi nage drill walking backward, Xande now takes his partner and walks forward. This time, as he plants his pivot foot, he also shoves his opponent back, causing his opponent to react by pushing back. This is the time Xande uses the reaction to pivot into the throw.

Inside the University 598 - Walking Backward Seoi Nage Drill

Inside the University 598 - Walking Backward Seoi Nage Drill

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Using a traditional collar or elbow grip, Xande walks backward with his partner, timing their steps together. To set up the throw, he steps his pivot foot, in this case his right foot, back a little behind his left foot. Xande takes one more step back with his left foot, while his opponent steps forward with his right foot. At the right time, Xande quickly pivots on his right foot and spins has back to his opponent, trapping the arm underneath and picking him with his hips. This drill is to be repeated while walking in line.

Inside the University 597 - X-Guard to Curu Curu Guard Sweep

Inside the University 597 - X-Guard to Curu Curu Guard Sweep

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Starting from the X-guard he set up in the last technique, Daniel wraps his arm around the leg and moves his top foot to the inside of his opponent's groin. His other hand grabs the pants on the free leg, and he stretches his legs to knock his opponent forward. Now he rolls to the side, spinning to the top position while controlling both legs.

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

Inside the University 596 - Knee Shield to X-Guard Transition

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Guest Instructor Daniel Campos begins in a knee shield guard position with his opponent putting pressure on his knee shield. Daniel opens his knee to the side, creating space and the angle for him to swim his other knee behind his opponent's knee for the first X-guard hook. He grabs the pants and closes his elbow to keep the leg trapped. Next he moves his knee shield to hook behind the far thigh, creating his second X-guard hook, stretches his legs and sits up into his X-guard.