Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

Inside the University 445 - Communication is Key

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While watching some young students perform the previous technique, a nice lesson is learned by the young men. Same as in life, communication is key in the pursuit of learning Jiu-Jitsu. Training partners must communicate ideas and correct each other whenever possible to develop the most efficiently. Also, one must never be afraid to make mistakes, but rather be encouraged to learn from his mistakes. Too often the mental aspect of learning Jiu-Jitsu is put to the side in order to focus on the physical. However, a practitioner must always remember to use both.


Inside the University 444 - Collar Drag Set Up from Closed Guard

Inside the University 444 - Collar Drag Set Up from Closed Guard

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From the closed guard, Saulo first makes a deep cross collar grip, and his other hand grips the same side sleeve. He plants his feet on the mat and turns to his side, just with his knee shield across the belly, same as before. From here, he can place his feet on the hips and scoot his way to classic collar and sleeve guard. Now he has the option of pushing off the hips to raise his own hips, and drag the collar to the side as he escapes to the opposite side, putting himself in position to attack his opponent's back.

Inside the University 443 - Maximizing Results During Practice

Inside the University 443 - Maximizing Results During Practice

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Having his white belt students demonstrate the position, Saulo corrects some mistakes, and also stresses the importance of communicating with your training partners to maximize your practice. Again covering the key points of the movements, Saulo stresses to drill using proper technique rather than strength and speed. Students must work together to learn more efficiently.

Inside the University 442 - Defending Punches from the Closed Guard

Inside the University 442 - Defending Punches from the Closed Guard

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In this scenario, an attacker has gotten you to the ground and is inside your guard throwing punches. The first step is to plant both feet on the ground and turn to your side, using your knees as a shield to keep the distance between your attacker. Next plant your hand on the ground and grab the back of his head with your other hand, pulling it down as you raise your hips off the ground. Now using momentum, you can push off your opponent and stand up into base, but stay low and keep heavy pressure on him with your shoulder to limit his mobility.

Inside the University 441 - Words of Inspiration from Saulo

Inside the University 441 - Words of Inspiration from Saulo

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Saulo begins class with a motivating speech focusing on ways to learn, progress, achieve and be happy both on and off the mats.

Inside the University 440 - Xande Sparring

Inside the University 440 - Xande Sparring

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Here is Xande sparring at the University in preparation for competition.

Inside the University 439 - Hugo Marques Takedown Sparring

Inside the University 439 - Hugo Marques Takedown Sparring

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After a tough training in preparation for competition, Hugo Marques stays in the middle while fresh opponents come in every minute to battle for takedowns.

Inside the University 438 - Getting Full Rotation

Inside the University 438 - Getting Full Rotation

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Another detail while Gustavo turns his hips in the air is that he is rotating fully, until he is looking at the mat. From here, his opponent cannot continue to control his legs and will give up space for Gustavo to recover guard. Once he has recovered guard, Gustavo likes to immediately throw some attacks, like an omoplata, collar drag or anything available to keep his opponent defending.

Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

Inside the University 437 - Avoiding Pressure

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Focusing on a common mistake he sees his students making, Gustavo shows how some are crunching their bodies up and actually creating more pressure on themselves. Instead, they should be basing on their elbow and extending their body away from their opponent. Then he has the leverage to straighten his arm and bring his hips high in the air and turn to recover his guard.

Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

Inside the University 436 - Finding Space Under the Head

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Answering a student's question about what to do when your opponent buries his head in your chest and doesn't give the space to make a collar grip, Gustavo just pushes the shoulder to defend the pass, and eventually his opponent will move and open the space. It is important, however, that he doesn't push his opponent's head. This will only make passing the guard easier for him.

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

Inside the University 435 - Defending the Leg Squeeze Pass

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Professor Gustavo's opponent has both of his legs squeezed and is trying to pass his guard, so first Gustavo bases up on his elbow and reaches his other hand in for a cross collar grip and extends his arm. Pushing the edge of his foot off the floor, Gustavo raises his hips off the mat and turns facing down with his butt high in the air. As soon as he feels his opponent readjust his position, he turns back and replaces his guard.

Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

Inside the University 434 - Extending Your Body Away from Your Opponent

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Correcting the most common mistake of his students, Saulo shows how he extends his body away from his opponent after he has connected his elbow and knee. Once his body is straight, then he can escape the hips and bring his inside leg back in to recover his guard. As always, he emphasize the need to drill over and over, repetition is the only way to learn.