Inside the University 373 - Defending VS Escaping

Inside the University 373 - Defending VS Escaping

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Continuing with the triangle choke defense, Saulo breaks down the position further and highlights the differences between defending and escaping. The first reaction must be to defend, which is to survive and prevent the choke from getting deeper. Then you can focus on escaping, which is to get out of the choke and return to a safe position. It is crucial that one can remain calm while being attacked and defend until he creates an opening to escape.


Inside the University 372 - Triangle Choke Escape

Inside the University 372 - Triangle Choke Escape

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Saulo's opponent has thrown up his legs for the triangle, but has not yet adjusted to fully lock the triangle. Saulo's first move is to fall to the side of his free arm, posting his hand on the mat and bringing his other knee to his opponent's ribs. Pushing off his hand, Saulo extends himself back and away from his opponent until he is able to open the legs. As soon as the legs open, he brings his elbow inside the thigh and applies pressure and works for the guard pass.

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

Inside the University 371 - Turning Belly Down

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After emphasizing the importance of timing, and turning before your opponent gets to your side, Saulo now shows how to react when your opponent grabs your pants and prevents you from replacing guard. Already on his side, he takes several small steps away from his opponent, and creates the space to bring his leg underneath and turn belly down. From here he can press forward or sit back and replace guard.

Inside the University 370 - Preventing the Guard Pass

Inside the University 370 - Preventing the Guard Pass

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Saulo's opponent has just passed his guard and is looking to establish side control. Saulo immediately turns on his side to face him, with his arms tucked in, using his shoulder as a barrier. He bridges with his shoulder pushing his opponent away, and creates space to either bring his bottom leg back and turn belly down, bring his leg back in and recover the guard, or sit up and push forward.

Inside the University 369 - Knee on Belly Escape

Inside the University 369 - Knee on Belly Escape

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Saulo's opponent has passed his guard and is pressuring down with the knee on belly. Rather than turn in or away, Saulo's first move is to diagonal crunch toward his outside leg, and he places his inside hand on the knee. He places his outside elbow on the mat and posts off it to escape his hips. Now he has the option to turn in to his opponent and possibly attack the single leg, or use his legs to recover the guard.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 12 - Omoplata Sweep to Double Armbar

Monique Elias Spider Guard 12 - Omoplata Sweep to Double Armbar

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Monique continues her attacks from the omoplata sweep, but this time her opponent defends her attempts at the armbar and the triangle, and brings her far arm inside the legs. With her arm closest to her opponent's head, Monique grabs the far arm and hugs to her chest, trapping both arms together. She posts her other hand on the mat and locks a triangle with her legs around both arms. From here she can finish by staying on top and extending either arm, or she can choose an arm and spin to that side to finish the submission.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 11 - Omoplata Sweep to Triangle Choke

Monique Elias Spider Guard 11 - Omoplata Sweep to Triangle Choke

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Monique does her omoplata sweep again, as shown before, and establishes the top position with the arm trapped between her legs. Again, she grabs the triceps and turns toward the head, swinging her leg over as well. She places it underneath the head and locks her triangle by grabbing her shin. Next she rolls over her shoulder and locks the triangle with her legs to finish the submission from her back.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 10 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

Monique Elias Spider Guard 10 - Omoplata Sweep to Armbar

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Monique sets up her omoplata and sweeps as she did before, but now when she lands on top, she keeps the arm trapped in her leg and grabs hold of the triceps. She posts her other hand on the mat and uses it to help her spin around toward the head. She places her top foot under the head and her other foot over the shoulder. From here she can lay back with the arm and raise her hips to finish the armbar.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 9 - Omoplata Sweep

Monique Elias Spider Guard 9 - Omoplata Sweep

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Monique locks up the omoplata as before, and as she sits up to reach for the belt, her opponent rolls forward to defend. Monique follows and ends up on top with the biceps locked between her thigh and calf. She grabs her opponent's head, and now releases the trapped arm in order to establish side control.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 8 - Straight Armbar from Omoplata

Monique Elias Spider Guard 8 - Straight Armbar from Omoplata

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Monique sets up her omoplata as she showed in the previous position, but her opponent is defending and not letting her finish. Monique releases her collar grip and wraps her arm around the elbow. She plants her foot on the mat and escapes her hips toward her opponent's head, and brings her leg on top of the arm, pinching it with her legs. She adjusts her grips on the arm, and pulls it while extending her hips to finish the armbar.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 7 - Omoplata from De La Riva Guard

Monique Elias Spider Guard 7 - Omoplata from De La Riva Guard

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Monique is playing her spider guard with the cross collar and sleeve grips, her foot in the biceps and a De La Riva hook. She kicks her opponent's far leg away, and pulls pulls on the collar and sleeve, breaking the posture. She shoots her leg up for the triangle as she did before, but her opponent defends by putting her arm inside. Monique pulls the sleeve and switches her hips to the side of the De La Riva hook. Now she can throw her hook leg over the shoulder to lock the omoplata. Now she reaches over the back to grab the belt, and sits up to finish the submission.

Monique Elias Spider Guard 6 - Triangle Choke from De La Riva Guard

Monique Elias Spider Guard 6 - Triangle Choke from De La Riva Guard

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Monique has both sleeve grips and makes a De La Riva hook. She kicks her opponent's other leg back and pulls the sleeves, stretching her arms and breaking her posture. Now she raises her hips and throws her leg up behind her opponent's neck to bite down on the triangle. She drags the arm across her body and locks the triangle with her other leg to finish the choke. She can also do this position using the collar and sleeve grip.