Inside the University 950 - Creating the Angle to Escape Side Control

Inside the University 950 - Creating the Angle to Escape Side Control

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Saulo stresses the importance of timing your escape so you can be in a good position to prevent side control in the first place. Also he talks about creating an angle in your bridge to allow for an easier guard recovery.


Inside the University 949 - Blocking Side Control

Inside the University 949 - Blocking Side Control

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Using the same movement as the drill, Saulo shows how to block side control before your opponent can establish a good position. As soon as his opponent is passing his legs, Saulo turns all the way to his side and throws his arm across his body to make the block. Now he can extend his body and swing to recover guard. It is very important to anticipate the pass and block it first.

Inside the University 948 - Solo Drill for Side Control Escape

Inside the University 948 - Solo Drill for Side Control Escape

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This lesson Saulo goes over side control escapes, and begins with a movement drill to do by yourself to warm up and get the proper mechanics down. First he bridges onto his shoulder and reaches his arm across. Next he escapes his hips and then without touching his bottom leg to the floor, he pushes off the mat to spin his body. After working this movement, he has his students do the same but keeping their elbows tucked to the body.

Inside the University 947 - Classic Guard Sweep when Opponent Tries to Smash

Inside the University 947 - Classic Guard Sweep when Opponent Tries to Smash

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This time Saulo's opponent is putting pressure and trying to smash Saulo's legs in the classic guard. Saulo reacts by sitting up and staying low and compact. As his opponent tries to apply more pressure, Saulo switches his sleeve grip to the triceps and uses his hook to sweep.

Inside the University 946 - Classic Guard Sweep when Your Opponent Stands Up

Inside the University 946 - Classic Guard Sweep when Your Opponent Stands Up

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In this scenario, Saulo's opponent stands up to back away, so when Saulo follows, he places his hook behind his opponent's butt. He uses the hook to pull him in and underhooks the leg with his arm. Now he pushes him away, sits up to S position and comes to the top for the sweep.

Inside the University 945 - Switching Your Collar Grip to an Underhook

Inside the University 945 - Switching Your Collar Grip to an Underhook

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Now Saulo teaches some key points on not allowing your opponent to get an underhook on you while setting up your sweep, as well as how to efficiently switch your collar grip to an underhook to assist your sweep.

Inside the University 944 - Sitting Up and Opening Your Knee from Classic Guard

Inside the University 944 - Sitting Up and Opening Your Knee from Classic Guard

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Saulo covers two key points when your opponent backs away from your classic guard. First is to sit up immediately, otherwise your opponent will have an easy time passing. Second is to make sure you open your knee and get your elbow inside, which will give you better leverage to sweep.

Inside the University 943 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Backs Away from Your Classic Guard

Inside the University 943 - Hook Sweep when Opponent Backs Away from Your Classic Guard

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Saulo begins this lesson by setting up his collar and sleeve classic guard. In the first variation, his opponent backs away from him, and Saulo sits up to plant both feet on the mat with his elbow inside his knee. Now he can pull his opponent in and roll to the side on his shoulder to get the hook sweep.

Xande Enter the Matrix 11 - Dragon Tail Sweep

Xande Enter the Matrix 11 - Dragon Tail Sweep

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Xande gets to the matrix, climbs on his elbow and looks to get on his knee so he can attack the back. But this time his opponent clamps down and holds his foot and leg so Xande can't take his back. Now Xande whips his back leg like a dragon tail til his knee gets to the shoulder. The momentum will force his opponent to roll and he will end up in a strong S-mount position.

Xande Enter the Matrix 10 - Matrix Back Take

Xande Enter the Matrix 10 - Matrix Back Take

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Now after getting to his matrix position, Xande looks to take the back by using his armpit grip and the leverage of his calf on the back to pull himself to the top. He pulls his bottom leg through to get on his knee and establish his first hook. Now he can see what his opponent is giving him and look for many attacks from here.

Xande Enter the Matrix 9 - Xande Sweep 3021

Xande Enter the Matrix 9 - Xande Sweep 3021

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Now from his Matrix side closed guard, Xande's opponent starts trying to walk toward his back. Xande steps that side leg down on the mat, keeping his other heel heavy on the hip. Now using his armpit grip he torques his opponent and rolls him over to establish top position. He can look to attack the arm or settle into S position.

Xande Enter the Matrix 8 - Matrix Reverse Armbar

Xande Enter the Matrix 8 - Matrix Reverse Armbar

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Having gotten to his matrix side closed guard, Xande is now ready throw attacks at his opponent. His option is to grab the far armpit and swim his arm under the arm, trapping it to his body. He secures a solid grip at the elbow and crunches his body and he flexes to finish the reverse armbar.