Aug 12, 2008

Knee to Elbow Mount Escape (Shrimping Escape) to Half Guard


It seems that a fellow reader who is just trying to start out in the submission game is very happy with all the attacks and such that I describe on my site, but as he isn't in a location to learn proper jiu jitsu, he has yet to learn basic defensive skills, something that I will admit I have been skimping on this past year since this blog started.

So, reverting back to Jiu Jitsu 101, I will cover the basic Shrimping Escape from Mount, Aka the Knee to Elbow Escape. And in a feeble effort to grab the attention of my readers that have this mount escape down already, I will remind you that without this and the Upa (Bridge) escape, all of your fancy low percentage variations like the heel twist and the bait and switch are pretty much useless. Even the UFC I just covered showcased this escape more than a handful of times, if it's any more reason to make sure that you've got this one down perfectly.

Knee to Elbow escape from Mount Bottom by Submissions101

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbQM2Y8qwf8

-Opponent has you in mount, and you need to get the heck out of there

-First thing you want to do is Mount Defense 101, try and Upa him (Bridge Escape) to get his hands posted and get your arms around him. If this fails, not to worry- This sets up the Knee to Elbow Escape fairly nicely.

-With his body weight forward and his hands posted, Bring your arms in and wedge your elbows into his legs. Following good mechanics, the tips of the elbows should not be outside of the center of his thighs, always slightly inside but right on the center. I'm not going to explain this in detail, but it kind of seems obvious that if your elbows are on the outside, with a little bit of movement, it is really easy for your opponent to just shake the elbows off mark.

-Decide what side you're going to want half guard on, and suddenly turn toward that side and curl up, bringing that elbow to the other side (Both elbows on the same thigh now)

-You need the leg that is toward the side that you want to escape from under that same side leg, and if for some reason that foot leaves the ground while you turn and try to curl and your get that leg under, that's perfect, just finish as described in the next bit. Otherwise...

-If that doesn't happen, as it usually wont, you straighten out the leg you want to escape with, kick over with the other leg, hook your opponent's leg, kick it over your straightened leg and bend that leg immediately. As soon as that happens, you now have a simple wedge (For those of you that have taken Mechanics/Physics in some way) and all you need to do is bring your elbows and knee together to get the half guard. (You can finish with a Lockdown as they show here if you're comfortable with Eddie Bravo's half guard game.)


Ta-da... I just gave an overcomplicated description to a move best learned by just doing it. So go out there and DO IT. :)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

When you bring your elbow and knee together what force are you applying? Do you suppose to push off from your planted leg?! or just push your knee up to where your elbow is and that's it?!