Inside the University 1014 - How to Use a Triangle in a Self Defense Situation

Inside the University 1014 - How to Use a Triangle in a Self Defense Situation

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While showing how effective a triangle can be in a self defense situation, Nick goes over a very important detail. If your opponent attempts to pick you up and slam you, you can stop this by simply hooking his leg with your arm.


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Inside the University 1012 - Triangle from Closed Guard

Inside the University 1012 - Triangle from Closed Guard

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After breaking his opponent's posture as shown previously, Nick gets the overhook, escapes his hips and pulls the head down. When his opponent makes a move to push his knee, Nick grabs the wrist and pins it to his opponent's body. From here it's easy for him to bring his leg over the top and cross his feet to start setting up the triangle.

Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

Inside the University 1011 - Breaking Your Opponent's Posture in Closed Guard

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Nick shows two ways to break your opponent's posture while in closed guard. In the first one, he swims his arms inside and pushes his opponent's arms off his belly while he pulls in with his legs. He finishes with an overhook and head control. In the second, his opponent puts his knee in Nick's but looking to open the guard, and Nick times his pull with his legs to break posture and then gets head control.

Inside the University 1010 - Warm Up Drills - Triangles and Guard Passing

Inside the University 1010 - Warm Up Drills - Triangles and Guard Passing

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To start of this lesson Professor Nick Schrock shows a couple warm up drills, including a triangle from closed guard and a toreando pass to one side and back stepping to the other side when your opponent defends.

Inside the University 1009 - Nick Schrock Sparring

Inside the University 1009 - Nick Schrock Sparring

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Nick Schrock spars with one of his students.

Inside the University 1008 - Bread Cutter Choke Q&A

Inside the University 1008 - Bread Cutter Choke Q&A

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Nick answers a few of his students' questions on some of the finer details of the bread cutter choke, and breaks down how he can close the space between him and his opponent and put a lot of pressure on him.

Inside the University 1007 - Bread Cutter Choke from Side Control

Inside the University 1007 - Bread Cutter Choke from Side Control

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Nick shows his version of the 'Saulo' choke or bread cutter choke from side control when his opponent shoots his arm across Nick's body. First he reaches under the arm to grab the gi near the armpit and pulls the shoulder to him, and then his choking hand comes across the neck to the far lapel. Now he can drop his elbow to the mat and drop his weight to choke his opponent.

Inside the University 1006 - Breaking a De La Riva Pants Grip

Inside the University 1006 - Breaking a De La Riva Pants Grip

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Now Nick quickly covers a trick of his to break a pants grip when your opponent is playing De La Riva guard. He simply reaches down and grabs his own pants and makes a fist. This will make the pants squeeze his opponent's fingers and he'll let go. You may want to save this one for competition, as the pain is bound to upset some of your training partners.

Inside the University 1005 - Leg Drag Pass the De La Riva Guard

Inside the University 1005 - Leg Drag Pass the De La Riva Guard

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Now covering how to deal with the De La Riva guard when your opponent has a pants grip, first pushes the hook leg down and grabs the toes. He turns the foot in and grips the other shin. He brings the hook leg across his body and his opponent reacts by placing his other foot on Nick's hip. Timing his move, Nick drags both legs across and settles into a nice leg drag passing position.

Inside the University 1004 - Breaking the Grip on Your Heel While Passing Open Guard

Inside the University 1004 - Breaking the Grip on Your Heel While Passing Open Guard

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Going over some principles of passing the open guard, Nick first covers the importance of keeping your legs at a distance, so your opponent can't get a hold of your feet. However, if he is able to grab your heel, the proper defense is to turn your foot to the inside and kick away from his grip.

Inside the University 1003 - Nick Schrock Sparring

Inside the University 1003 - Nick Schrock Sparring

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Nick Schrock spars one of his brown belt students.