Today during our Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Class at Crossroads BJJ we reviewed the bridge or ump escape from the bottom of the mount position. The mount position is one of the worst position you can be in so understand how to get out when somebody is trying to punch you is essential to having a solid understanding of jiu-jitsu. Today we used our legs to throw our Training partner off balance as they attempted a punch. Once our opponent was off balanced we used that energy to complete the bump escape.
We then went onto drill the same concept from the guard position. To somebody who has never practiced brazilian jiu-jitsu the guard and the mount positions can be easily confused however the position of the bottom players legs makes a huge difference in a self defense situation. In the guard your legs are wrapped around your training partners waist, which gives you a huge amount of control over you training partners torso and because of this torso control you also have control over the rest of their body. From the Guard it is much easier to block and prevent strikes from an attacker. By using our legs to pull the attacker close to us, they can not create enough distance to hit us. Jiu-jitsu is all about distance management. The last technique we covered was what to do when the attacker stood up in front of us. From this position we learned how to use our opponents jacket to keep them close to us and our foot on their hip to keep them off balanced. Without good balance throwing a well aimed and powerful punch is almost impossible!