Inside the University 633 - Saulo and Xande Sparring

Inside the University 633 - Saulo and Xande Sparring

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Saulo and Xande spar in preparation for the European Championship.


Inside the University 632 - Knee on Belly Step Over Collar Choke

Inside the University 632 - Knee on Belly Step Over Collar Choke

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From knee on belly, Xande has the near side collar grip, and his opponent tries to escape by pushing at his knee. Xande drops his weight on his opponent, trapping his arm, and straightens his forearm against the neck. To finish the choke, he steps his leg over the head and squeezes with his arm and leg.

Inside the University 631 - Knee on Belly Armbar

Inside the University 631 - Knee on Belly Armbar

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While Xande is controlling knee on belly, his opponent pushes his knee, so he underhooks the arm and clutches it tight. Next he pushes the head down and steps over to the other side. While pivoting, he grabs his opponent's pants at the knee, and falls back for the armbar. If necessary, he can throw his leg over the body to finish with more control.

Inside the University 630 - Knee on Belly Baseball Choke

Inside the University 630 - Knee on Belly Baseball Choke

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From the knee on belly position, Xande grips his opponent's near side collar with his thumb inside. He releases his grip on the hip with the other hand, and brings it to the far side collar with four fingers inside, with his hands now gripping like a baseball bat. Now Xande spins to north-south, making sure to bring his forearm across the neck, and places his head on the same side his body was just at. To finish the choke, Xande gets on his toes, picking his hips off the ground and creating more pressure on his opponent.

Inside the University 629 - Controlling Knee on Belly

Inside the University 629 - Controlling Knee on Belly

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Xande shows how he likes to maintain control while in knee on belly position. His method of control is pulling up the collar on the near side while pushing the far hip down. When his opponent tries to escape his hips or scoot away, Xande keeps his grips and follows with his knee.

Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

Inside the University 628 - Fundamentals of Knee on Belly

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When Xande sets up his knee on belly position, he slides his shin across the stomach, hooking the ribs and keeping his foot off the mat, which allows him to apply more pressure. When his opponent bumps his hips, Xande stretches his body to maintain balance, and follows closely if his opponent tries escaping the hips.

University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

University of Jiu Jitsu Belt Promotions

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Wrapping up the year, the students at the University of Jiu Jitsu receive their belt promotions.

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

Inside the University 627 - Pushing Off Your Bottom Leg

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Answering a student's question, Travis explains how his power to sweep comes from pushing off his bottom leg, not by kicking with his hook leg. If he tries to sweep by kicking, he can push his opponent away from him and give him momentum to hop to the side and easily pass his guard.

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

Inside the University 626 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Flattens You

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Now while in butterfly guard, Travis' opponent stays really tight and flattens him on his book, closing any space he needs to sweep him. With his overhook belt grip in place, Travis bridges his hips up, creating leverage by driving his shins into the thighs. From here he drops his hips back down fast and has created space for him to stretch his legs and push his opponent back. Now he can escape his hips and finish the hook sweep as he did before.

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

Inside the University 625 - Shifting the Base

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Travis points out a key detail on making sure he stretches his hook leg and keeps it strong, in order to keep his opponent from being too mobile. If done correctly, his opponent should almost be in a sprawl position, and unable to move much in any direction. If need be, he can always post on his hand and escape his hips to reposition himself.

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

Inside the University 624 - Hook Sweep Using Overhook Grip

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From butterfly guard, Travis has an overhook on his opponent and grips the belt while reaching over the back. He closes his elbow tight to keep his opponent locked down. His foot hooks the inside of the same side thigh and he stretches his shin to keep some distance. He grabs the free arm to stop his opponent from posting, and now uses momentum to pull him in and roll on his shoulder, sweeping his opponent and establishing top position.

Inside the University 623 - Introduction to Travis Tooke

Inside the University 623 - Introduction to Travis Tooke

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Saulo introduces guest instructor and Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu affiliate from Houston, Travis Tooke before beginning the BJJ Library class. Travis discusses his start in Jiu Jitsu and the difficulty of learning the art in the United States while it was still hard to find any training during the 90's.