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CT BJJ: Escapes and Submissions

In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it is always position before submission, which basically means if you want to end a match or a self defense situation you need to first put yourself in a position where you can protect yourself from your opponents attacks while putting yourself in a position where you can control and attack them.

During our Saturday afternoon BJJ class we began by reviewing how to escape the mounted position using one of Jiu-Jitsu’s most commonly used techniques, the Elbow Escape.  The mount is one on the most dominant positions you can have in either s competition or a self defense situation so knowing how to escape is essential to your success in the martial art of brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. There are several variations of this escape and understanding when to use each one is extremely valuable.

After escaping the mount we began drilling the armbar from the closed guard. Drilling is one of the best ways to commit your Jiu-Jitsu techniques to your muscle memory so that when the time comes to use the technique you will not have to think about the individual steps of each technique and then miss your opportunity. After drilling the armbar we discussed how to stack the bottom bjj player in order to prevent them from finishing the technique. Defending the armbar from Guard requires excellent balance and timing therefore to successfully defend the armbar you must drill this defense until you do not hesitate.

Dustin Rhodes