Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

Inside the University 488 - Stay On Your Toes

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Gustavo points out a mistake he sees where people are staying flat on their feet, which is throwing their balance off and not allowing them to react in time. Instead you should stay on your toes and be more agile and responsive. Also, when grabbing the shins, he keeps his hands moving fast so he doesn't allow his opponent to get any grips on him.


Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

Inside the University 487 - Pinning the Leg to Pass

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Explaining some details in the previous technique, after Gustavo throws the legs to the side, he drops his inside knee to the floor right behind the his opponent's thighs, and reaches over the body to grab the lapel. Here traps the legs with his elbow and knee, and can move to side control or even take the back. In the next passing drill, he grabs the inside of the knee with a cross grip, pins it to the mat as he passes to the side, and makes a lapel grip or just pushes the chest down as he establishes side control.

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

Inside the University 486 - Leg Push Passing Drill

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Gustavo begins standing in front of his opponent who is laying on his back in an open guard position. As Gustavo steps in, he grabs both shins with his C-grips and pushes the legs in, causing his opponent to react by pushing them back out. Gustavo can do this a motion a few times, and as the legs come back out, he steps back and pushes them to the side, opening the space he needs to pass to side control.

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

Inside the University 485 - Knee Spin Switching Sides Drill

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Continuing from his side position after passing with the knee spin, now Rene's opponent turns to face him, so he immediately grabs his legs and pulls his knees down to the mat. He places his knee on top of his opponent's knees, moves his head inside on his opponent's chest, and back steps to the other side. For the drill, his opponent turns to face him again, and Rene repeats the movement. It's important to note that he is staying low and controlling the hips, rather than staying high in a typical cross body position.

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

Inside the University 484 - Knee Spin Passing Drill from Butterfly Guard

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Rene begins on his knees in his opponent's butterfly guard. He makes a high collar grip and steps his knee up on the same side, keeping it connected to his opponent's leg. Now he does his knee spin, pulling the collar grip down and stepping his other leg back as he goes. This forces his opponent down to the mat and Rene finishes in a side control position.

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

Inside the University 483 - Leg Trip Takedown Drills

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Now Rene shows a couple leg trip takedown drills, similar to the kouchi gari and ouchi gari. First is when he and his partner are both standing with the right leg forward. Rene lowers his level and steps in with his right leg hooking behind his opponent's right leg, similar to the kouchi gari, and drives him to the mat. On the second drill, he is standing with left leg forward, so he steps in with his left and hooks his opponent's right leg, similar to the ouchi gari, and drives him to the mat.

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

Inside the University 482 - Double Leg Takedown Drills

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To begin class, Professor Rene shows some different double leg takedown drills. First he makes his classic collar and triceps grips on the gi, opens his arms and pulls his opponent to him as he lowers his level, steps his leg in between the legs and grabs behind the knees. In the next drill, his opponent has one leg forward, so Rene steps outside the lead leg, lowers his level so his shoulder is the hip, grabs behind the knees and drives his opponent to the mat.

Inside the University 481 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard with Cross Collar Grip

Inside the University 481 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard with Cross Collar Grip

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Before teaching the second set up for the omoplata, Gustavo notes that you must raise your hips off the mat when looking to throw your leg over the shoulder. Also, once you have the omoplata locked, think about putting the shoulder to the mat so you can finish the submission. For the second set up, after establishing his lasso, he stretches his foot in the biceps leg and turns his hips toward his lasso side. His sleeve grip moves to a collar grip and he lets go of the lasso sleeve to grab the elbow. Now he kicks leg out and pulls the arm, allowing him to throw his leg over the shoulder to lock his omoplata.

Inside the University 480 - Finishing the Omoplata

Inside the University 480 - Finishing the Omoplata

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After setting up the omoplata, Gustavo's main concern is not necessarily to lock a figure 4, but to keep his thighs squeezed together and keep pressure forward so his opponent cannot posture up. He also wants to make sure that his opponent's hand is in his "pocket" next to his hip. His outside hand can keep his opponent's hand in place while his inside hand grabs the belt. After establishing a solid position, he puts both hands on the floor and scoots back to a seated position. Now he reaches over the back, brings his legs to S position, and brings his hips forward to finish the omoplata.

Inside the University 479 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard

Inside the University 479 - Omoplata from Lasso Guard

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From his spider guard, Gustavo turns to one side and sinks his lasso hook in, making sure to pull the grip in tight with his palm facing up. After establishing his position and stopping his opponent's attack, he takes his lasso hook off and brings it shin to shin. Now he uses his shin to kick his opponent's leg back, breaking his posture so he can easily throw the leg over to set up his omoplata.

Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

Inside the University 478 - Lasso Guard Drill

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Gustavo once again starts with the spider guard, and his opponent is gripping both of his pants and walks to the side as he did before. As his opponent moves, Gustavo is extending his leg to the same side to keep him at bay. Now to break the other grip, he kicks his leg and pulls the sleeve. From here he loops his leg over the arm and makes his lasso hook, keeping his elbow tight to his body and his palm facing up so his opponent cannot swim his hand outside. After establishing a good lasso guard, he unhooks his lasso so his opponent can move to the other side, where he repeats the drill.

Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

Inside the University 477 - Spider Guard Side to Side Drill with Moving Opponent

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Now Gustavo practices the same concept of the previous spider guard drill, but this time his opponent is moving from side to side. As his opponent moves to the side, Gustavo extends his leg on the side he's moving to. He keeps his other leg bent and pulls the sleeve tight to his body. Now his opponent moves to the other side and he continues the drill.