Leticia Ribeiro Series 7 - Knee Slice Pass

Leticia Ribeiro Series 7 - Knee Slice Pass

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Leticia's opponent is on her back playing an open guard, so Leticia lowers her level, grabs the pants at the inside of the knee and places her hand on the other hip. She drops her level even more, keeping her elbow connected to her body and her hip, not allowing her opponent to place the knee shield. She slides her hand from the hip to underhook the arm, as her other hand slides over the other arm and grabs the triceps. Now she drops her shoulder and places her head on the side of her opponent's head. From here, she pulls both elbows and slides her knee until her leg is free from the guard. To finish the pass, she connects her hip to her opponent's hip, walks the legs back and establishes side control.


Leticia Ribeiro Series 6 - Single Leg Takedown

Leticia Ribeiro Series 6 - Single Leg Takedown

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From standing up, Leticia makes the collar and sleeve grips on her opponent. She pushes the shoulder with the collar grip and grabs the leg she wants to attack, picking it up and pinching it between her own legs. With her arm wrapped around the leg, Leticia grabs her own collar, and brings the leg to the outside of her body. No she pulls down on the collar and lifts up the leg to take her opponent down and establish top control.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 5 - Grip Fighting

Leticia Ribeiro Series 5 - Grip Fighting

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Breaking down her stand up game, Leticia shows the basics of grip fighting. First she makes sure to keep good posture with her knees slightly bent. When her opponent reaches to make a collar grip, she swats the hand and makes a sleeve grip if possible. Then her other hand reaches for the collar. If her opponent makes a collar grip, Leticia grabs the sleeve with both hands, pinches the wrist and pulls the grip off. If her opponent makes a sleeve grip, Leticia either circles her hand to break it, or pulls her arm hard and fast, away from her opponent.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 4 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Attacker is Choking You

Leticia Ribeiro Series 4 - Armbar from Closed Guard when Attacker is Choking You

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Leticia shows another common self defense situation when her attacker is in her guard choking her. She crosses her arms with one going under her attackers arm and cupping the other elbow, and her other arm reaches across to grab the shoulder. She climbs her legs over her attacker's shoulders and closes a high guard. Now she passes her leg over the head, grabs the wrist with both hands, and raises her hips off the ground to finish the armbar.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 3 - Self Defense Techncal Stand Up when Attacker is Standing

Leticia Ribeiro Series 3 - Self Defense Techncal Stand Up when Attacker is Standing

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Leticia now shows a common self defense situation when she is on her back and her attacker is standing above her. She keeps her feet in the air to protect herself and keep her attacker at a distance. If her attacker moves around, she follows by rocking and pivoting, using her hands on the ground to help her. When her attacker is square, she pushes her away with her feet on the hips, sits up posted on her arm, and does the technical stand up, making sure to protect her face with her free arm. Now she can run for help.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 2 - Self Defense Technical Stand Up when Attacker is in Your Guard

Leticia Ribeiro Series 2 - Self Defense Technical Stand Up when Attacker is in Your Guard

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Leticia combines two of the most basic and important movements in Jiu-Jitsu, the hip escape and technical stand up, and uses them in a self defense situation common for women in particular. Her attacker is in her guard and choking her. Leticia first creates space by posting her feet on the mat and escaping her hips until she can place her feet on her opponent's hips. She pushes away some more and sits up, posting on her elbow. She places her opposite foot on the mat and pushes off the hip with her other foot, to stand up into base, protecting her face with her free arm. Finally, she runs away to escape her attacker.

Leticia Ribeiro Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

Leticia Ribeiro Series 1 - Interview with Saulo

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Saulo sits down with Leticia Ribeiro to talk about her background, her academy in San Diego, and much more.

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

Inside the University 361 - Over Under Pass

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Continuing the guard pass series from the crab stance, Xande has his arm under one leg and his knee pinning the other. His opponent is blocking the passes to both sides, so Xande makes a grip on the pants and removes his knee to get on his toes. He fakes the pass to the under side by moving his head, and then jumps over the leg, passing to the other side, where he can establish side control.

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

Inside the University 360 - Back Step Pass

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Again from the crab stance, Xande pins his opponent's leg to the mat and swims his other arm under the leg to put on the pressure, looking for the traditional pass. His opponent blocks his hip on the passing side, so Xande pushes his knee through to pin the open leg with his shin, using his foot to hook the thigh. Next he controls the head with his arm, and releases his grip on the collar as he back steps his leg out of the guard, keeping control of both legs still. Now he pushes off his foot to keep pressure on his opponent, so he can release his hook and establish side control.

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

Inside the University 359 - Traditional Guard Pass

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Xande teaches the first pass of this series, which is also his favorite pass. From the crab stance, Xande picks a side and changes his scoop hand to push down on the thigh, and as the leg goes to the mat, he swims his other hand under the other leg. He makes a grip on the collar with his palm facing down. The common reaction by his opponent is to attack his inside arm and look for the triangle, so Xande drives his weight forward and starts walking toward the other side. When Xande gets perpendicular to his opponent, he drops his hips to push the leg aside, and establishes side control.

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

Inside the University 358 - Setting Up the Crab Stance to Pass

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To begin this lesson on passing the guard, Xande teaches the basics of the crab stance. He begins by placing both hands on his opponent's stomach, standing up and pushing the knee to open the guard. Once the guard is open, Xande widens his stance so his knees are behind his opponent's knees, and he squats to find his base. His elbows are on the outside of his own knees, and his hands cup his opponent's thighs. Now from this crab stance, when his opponent moves, Xande moves with him, always keeping these points of connection in tact.

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Coming back to his first point, Saulo emphasizes the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your body and using it to block your opponent's hips, and keeping your bottom leg glued to the mat while he's mounted on you. Now when your opponent switches to technical mount and tries to put the pressure on you, bridge to bump him forward, rather than to the side. Now you can hip escape to create the space needed to replace the guard.