Inside the University 991 - Escaping Side Control

Inside the University 991 - Escaping Side Control

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Now Nick answers a question about defending and escaping from side control. One point he covers is to keep your head flat on the mat to not allow your opponent's arm under for head control. He also uses his frame on the biceps to control that arm and his other frame comes under the armpit. When he bridges from here, he can escape his hips and replace guard much easier.


Inside the University 990 - Collar Drag to Defend Toreando Pass

Inside the University 990 - Collar Drag to Defend Toreando Pass

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Professor Nick Schrock uses this class as a Q&A session to answer his students' questions, the first being how to defend the toreando pass. When his opponent has both grips on his pants, Nick likes to make a strong collar grip and hit a collar drag. Because his opponent's hands are occupied with pants grips, it's hard for him to react in time and Nick can get the back or the sweep.

Inside the University 989 - Beating the Frame when Passing with the Esgrima

Inside the University 989 - Beating the Frame when Passing with the Esgrima

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Diving a little deeper into the esgrima pass, Gustavo shows how to deal with a common problem when your opponent puts up a good frame to keep you at bay. Instead of trying to drive into the frame, Gustavo shifts his weight toward the head to squash the frame and flatten his opponent, making it much easier to finish the esgrima pass.

Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 988 - Setting Up Esgrima Pass from Spider Guard

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Now when Gustavo breaks the spider guard grips, he ends up in a situation where his opponent's legs are wide open. In this case, he steps his knee in the middle, drops his weight and get the esgrima or underhook. From here he can settle in and work his knee cut pass.

Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

Inside the University 987 - Forcing the Legs Down to Pass Spider Guard

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After going over some finer details on breaking your opponent's spider grips, Gustavo shows another variation to pass the spider guard. Instead of spinning his opponent, now he forces the feet to the ground and runs around to establish side control.

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

Inside the University 986 - Toreando Pass from Spider Guard

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Gustavo shows how to step to the side each time he swims his arm to break his opponent's spider grip. After breaking both grips, he places his hands on the knees and spins his opponent to whichever direction he prefers to toreando pass the guard.

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

Inside the University 985 - Clearing the Foot on the Biceps in Spider Guard

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For this lesson Professor Gustavo covers how to deal with the spider guard, but before passing, he shows how to get your opponent's feet off your biceps. To make his grip on the pants, he swims his hand over the ankle and grips at the inside. Now when he steps to the side, he can swim his arm to the inside and easily punch away to get the foot out of his biceps and be ready to pass.

Inside the University 984 - Protecting with Your Elbow

Inside the University 984 - Protecting with Your Elbow

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Saulo covers some details on preventing the pass, focusing on the importance of protecting yourself with your top elbow. While your bottom elbow stays tucked to your body, your top elbow stays pointed up with your arm out keeping separation between your body and your opponent's body.

Inside the University 983 - Anticipating the Guard Pass

Inside the University 983 - Anticipating the Guard Pass

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Now Saulo covers how to prevent your opponent from passing by first anticipating the pass and reacting. He falls to his side with his elbows in and his shield up. Next he bridges and then uses can move in a few different ways to either sit up for the underhook, spin to recover guard or turn belly down.

Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

Inside the University 982 - Breaking Down Your Weight Distribution While Passing

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Saulo works 1-on-1 with a student and really breaks down where he needs to apply his weight and pressure while passing, not only on his opponent, but his own body as well.

Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

Inside the University 981 - Passing Guard when Opponent Has a Pant Grip on Your Leg

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Now Saulo is looking to pass the guard while his opponent controls his leg with a pant grip. He first twists his body toward the trapped leg, lowers his base and places his hands on the knee and torso. He steps his free leg to the side as his other shin cuts across his opponent's leg, and he looks for the pass from here.

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

Inside the University 980 - Stepping to the Side and Initiating the Pass

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To start off this lesson, Sensei Saulo shows how he steps to the side to create the angle he needs to pass the guard. Once he's to the side, Saulo uses his weight to push the knees in and cause a reaction from his opponent. From here he shows four different guard pass set ups he can use.