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BJJ Tips: Escaping the Technical Mount

One of the advantages of belonging to such a friendly BJJ gym is that we all get along really well and when someone asks something after the sessions, be it a submission or as in this case an escape, we are all more than happy to work on it with them.

After last night's BJJ-advanced session, Zhubeen asked for some advice on mount escapes, especially escaping the seated (aka technical) mount.

I didn't know whether he was familiar with the way Saulo shows it in Jiu Jitsu University (involving sitting up and pushing them where they have no base) so I showed him that first but, while he really liked it, he quickly asked "that's great but what if they resist the push?"

That's when my usual mantra of the past 2 years came out: if you can move them with your technique then move them. If you can't then they usually provide you with a solid structure which you can move your own body around. This is something that has served me well as a mindset (both on and off the mat) and I thought if I put it on a short clip it might help or inspire some other Part Time Grappler out there.




Thanks to Zhubeen and Simon for their help.


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9 comments:

Georgette said...

I like the techniques... I like the principle (applicable in many other situations!) And especially I like that you were all training so hard, you fog up the lens some time later :)

The Part Time Grappler said...

Wow so many "like"s I'm all chuffed. Thanks

shakiaharris said...

any s-mount tips?? i get somewhat in the position a lot but somethings always off, muchas gracias

The Part Time Grappler said...

Hi shakia. I'll put something together about that soon.

The nice thing with s-mount is that it's usually something you reach when they turn on their side, which opens up a number of opportunities

Anonymous said...

when he goes to s mount he should bring his heel right into the bottom guys hip to keep him tight and try to strip his hand straight away to stop him creating space. I know this is not what is being demonstrated but is a more realistic situation. Nice video though.

The Part Time Grappler said...

Many thanks for that Annonymous (c'mon don't be shy :) )

I like what you are saying. It points out a view of the "What if?" as the ultimate reality. Whatever technique variation we see, we start thinking "hmm, but what if?". I like that, it keeps the art honest and alive.

However, this situation happens in reality, just look at the video of me rolling with black belt Mr David Onuma or thousands of other situations in live matches. It happens in reality, and hence it's very much realistic :). It's like saying the elbow knee escape is more realistic than the upa escape :) Opportunities for both techniques occur in real rolls, so both are perfectly realistic.

The situation you describe is too very realistic. Maybe we'll get a chance to shoot a video of that one too :)

Thanks again for the comment.

Megan said...

I really need to revisit this. I got here googling escapes from the technical mount. I TRY Saulos but keep finding it takes a ton of power...even on people lighter than me, which probably means I'm doing something wrong...

Megan said...

...and I just watched the video...definitely trying this.

The Part Time Grappler said...

Hi Megan. We've been recently working on a side control escape that involves a similar straight arm frame so I deffo encourage you to try this and play with it as it's a transferable skill to other parts of the game. If you find yourself using a lot of power and strength, it doesn't necessarily mean you're doing it wrong. It could just mean that they are defending it well and that you should instead switch to a different technique (as the video demos)

Let us know how it goes.