Ruotolo Twins Series 11 - Cross Arm Drop Seoi Nage

Ruotolo Twins Series 11 - Cross Arm Drop Seoi Nage

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From standing, Kade grabs the cross collar and sleeve grips on Tye. For a traditional seoi nage, he would turn from the inside, however, in this variation he turns from the outside to avoid exposing his back. As he turns and steps in, he raises Tye's arm and places it on his shoulder. He drops to his knees and pulls down on the collar and sleeve. Because Tye's arm is across his body, he will have a very difficult time trying to take Kade's back. Now Kade leans forward and pulls Tye over his body to finish the takedown.


Ruotolo Twins Series 10 - Berimbolo Defense to Back Take

Ruotolo Twins Series 10 - Berimbolo Defense to Back Take

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Again, Tye knocks Kade back from the De La Riva guard and starts his berimbolo, this time inverting and getting under Kade's leg. Kade first makes grips on the near pant leg and on the pants at the waist. Next, Kade torques his knee to the inside, and Tye feels that he can push himself up to mount. As he's coming to the top, Kade pushes his leg inside and turns into him, coming up on his elbow and placing his first hook. Now he can work to get his seat belt grip and place the second hook for back control.

Ruotolo Twins Series 9 - Berimbolo Defense to Guard Pass

Ruotolo Twins Series 9 - Berimbolo Defense to Guard Pass

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Tye is playing De La Riva guard and knocks Kade back and begins to invert for the berimbolo. Kade's first step to defend is to grab Tye's top pant leg, and his other hand grabs the same side collar and he straightens his arm to keep Tye at bay. Kade also posts his leg behind him and stretches out the pants grip to stop Tye from rolling. From here, he can drop his head on Tye's chest and kick his leg free so he can pass to side control.

Ruotolo Twins Series 8 - Open Guard Pass

Ruotolo Twins Series 8 - Open Guard Pass

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Tye is standing up and looking to pass Kade's open guard, so he grabs his shins and pins his heels to his butt. Next he brings both his feet to the outside of Kade's hips, and pinches his knees together, trapping Kade's feet. He turns to one side, slicing his shin across and freeing it of Kade's hook, and then turns back the other way, dropping his weight on top of both of Kade's legs. Now he can back step and establish side control.

Ruotolo Twins Series 7 - Arm In De La Riva Back Take

Ruotolo Twins Series 7 - Arm In De La Riva Back Take

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Tye has the sleeve and collar grips, and sets up the the arm in De La Riva guard, with his other foot on Kade's hip. He pulls Kade in and elevates him off his feet, as he would for an overhead sweep. Tye takes out his De La Riva hook, and pushes with his foot on the hip, causing Kade to fall to the mat with his back taken. Tye now can place both hooks and already has Kade's arm trapped as well.

Ruotolo Twins Series 6 - Arm In De La Riva Triangle

Ruotolo Twins Series 6 - Arm In De La Riva Triangle

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Tye shoots his leg over Kade's arm to set up the arm in De La Riva again, but this time he is below the elbow and cannot do the armbar. He grabs the other sleeve and kicks out Kade's leg to break his posture. Now he raises his hips and shoots his hook leg over Kade's neck, and locks the triangle on him.

Ruotolo Twins Series 5 - Arm In De La Riva Armbar

Ruotolo Twins Series 5 - Arm In De La Riva Armbar

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From spider guard, Tye raises his hips off the mat and shoots his leg over Kade's arm, and pushes the arm away before he traps it with a De La Riva hook. Now Tye swims his arm under Kade's arm and places his hand on his own knee. By raising his elbow from here, he can force Kade to tap from the armbar.

Ruotolo Twins Series 4 - Rolling Half Guard Sweep

Ruotolo Twins Series 4 - Rolling Half Guard Sweep

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Again, Kade gets the underhook, kicks his knee shield and comes up to his knees, looking to sweep. Tye gets the whizzer and defends the first two sweep attempts. Going to his third option, Kade pushes into Tye, causing Tye to push back. Kade shoots his posted arm underneath Tye's leg to hook it, and rolls over his side and bridges to come on top to finish the sweep.

Ruotolo Twins Series 3 - Half Guard Sweep when Opponent Has the Whizzer

Ruotolo Twins Series 3 - Half Guard Sweep when Opponent Has the Whizzer

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Kade is in his half guard and sets up his position the same as last time, by getting the underhook, shooting his knee shield through, torquing Tye's leg and then posting up on his elbow to get to his knees. But now, Tye puts the whizzer on Kade, preventing him from bumping him forward as he did last time. So instead, Kade reaches across to grab the far leg, and drives his weight forward, sweeping Tye. He lands in a great position to immediately look to pass the guard and establish side control.

Ruotolo Twins Series 2 - Half Guard Sweep to the Back

Ruotolo Twins Series 2 - Half Guard Sweep to the Back

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Kade is playing half guard with his knee shield in place, and Tye is working to pass with a knee cut. Kade swims his arm in for the underhook and grabs the belt, and his other hand reaches for a pants grip. He kicks his knee shield leg straight, and uses it to hook Tye's ankle and torque it back, forcing Tye's hips open. Now he can release the pants grip, post up on his elbow and get on both knees. From here Kade forces Tye forward with a big bump from his shoulder, and comes up top to take his back.

Ruotolo Twins Series 1 - Interview

Ruotolo Twins Series 1 - Interview

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At just 14 years old, Tye and Kade Ruotolo have already been training nearly 12 years, and together hold several Kids World Titles, Pan Am Titles and ADCC Titles, among many others. The twins currently train out of ATOS in San Diego, under the tutelage of Andre Galvao. Here they sit down and talk with us about their background, lifestyle and future goals.

Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

Inside the University 383 - Freeing Your Foot to Pass the Half Guard

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Xande goes over what he calls the champagne pop. This is when he has the underhook and his knee cut, and is almost past the guard, but his opponent is still trapping his foot in the half guard. He is unable to release it by driving forward or kicking his opponent's legs. From here, he sits on his opponent's legs, pushing back heavy with his hips, and at the same time he pulls his foot to pop it out.