Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

Inside the University 560 - Proper Guard Pulling

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Touching on a few key points to pulling guard, it is important to know that if you're competing, you must have a grip on your opponent before you sit down. Also, for this technique, he does not go to his back, rather he stays in a seated position. If his opponent has a strong base and is not falling backward from the hooks alone, he can let go of the sleeve and push the legs back.


Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

Inside the University 559 - Guard Pull to Sweep

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In preparation for competition, Gustavo Dias shows a guard pull to a quick sweep that has been successful for him. He first grabs his opponent's sleeve with both his grips and then sits down to pull guard. The most common reaction is for his opponent to walk backward, so Gustavo pulls himself in and hooks his feet behind the ankles. Now he simply pulls his feet in to sweep and get to the top position.

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

Inside the University 558 - Guard Retention with Your Eyes Closed

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Xande shows a nice drill you can use to practice guard retention. He lets his partner get the pants grip and try to pass using the toreando. Now with his eyes closed, Xande makes his frames on the arm and stays connected and spins with his opponent as he tries to pass.

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

Inside the University 557 - Defending the Toreando Pass

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Now Xande's opponent is attempting the toreando or bull fighter pass, so Xande's first line of defense is to make his frames on the shoulder and biceps. As his opponent keeps trying to go around, Xande stays connected with his frames and uses his bottom foot to keep turning his body with his opponent, never giving him the angle to pass.

Inside the University 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

Inside the University 556 - Preventing Mount and Replacing the Shield

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Xande's opponent is looking to get shoulder pressure and mount from the half guard, so first Xande makes sure to hook his leg and place his hand between his cheek and opponent's shoulder. He connects his elbow to his knee and works the crown of his head to the shoulder, keeping his opponent at bay and forcing him to make a move. When his opponent goes, Xande pushes away, places his shield and recovers guard.

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

Inside the University 555 - Creating Space with the Earthquake

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Sometimes when your opponent is dropping his weight on you, it can be very difficult to create space, so Xande suggests using the earthquake. He pushes off his outside foot to bridge his hips, and then pushes with his shoulder, and repeats so he is rocking back and forth and creating space to recover his guard. Also, it is key for him to keep his opponent's weight at his hips where he can generate more power.

Inside the University 554 - Using the Underhook to Open the Arm

Inside the University 554 - Using the Underhook to Open the Arm

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Showing how to use the underhook from the top position, Xande drops his weight on his opponent and drives his shoulder up to open the arm he is underhooking. The more weight and pressure he can keep from this position, the more difficulty his opponent will have trying to free his arm.

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

Inside the University 553 - Escrima Pass Defense

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Xande is on bottom and his opponent is trying to pass his half guard with the Escrima pass. First Xande blocks his opponent's free arm to keep him from getting head control, and his other arm makes a frame at the neck. Now he hips away a little bit and slides his bottom shoulder up, and repeats until his opponent is low on him. From here he has many options to place his shield, or even throw some attacks depending how his opponent reacts.

Inside the University 552 - A Sense of Urgency

Inside the University 552 - A Sense of Urgency

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Finishing class with some words of motivation, Saulo touches on treating situations with a sense of urgency and fighting the desire to quit when things get tough.

Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

Inside the University 551 - Helio Gracie Choke Exercise

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To set himself in position for the Helio Gracie choke exercise, Saulo first falls backward, extending his legs when he hits the mat in order to stop himself from rolling backward. Now with his knees bent and his legs in front, he reaches up with his arms for the imaginary cross collars, and simultaneously uses his hips to bring his legs to his core.

Inside the University 550 - Hindu Squats for Jiu Jitsu

Inside the University 550 - Hindu Squats for Jiu Jitsu

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Now Saulo breaks down the importance of squatting for Jiu Jitsu. Of course it will strengthen your legs and build toughness, but his focus on the squat is because of it's practical use in Jiu Jitsu. A fundamental position in Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu is headquarters, which is maintaining a squat while fighting your opponent from his open guard. Also, it is key to practice good form in order to keep your strong position when you tire in the fight.

Inside the University 549 - Hold Your Ground

Inside the University 549 - Hold Your Ground

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In a quick lesson on mental toughness, Saulo talks about how to handle situations when they get difficult and you have keep yourself from giving up. His advice is to breathe, hold your ground and believe. Whether it's in training, competition or life, stay mentally strong and find a way.