mount escapes

“Heel Twist Mount Escape”

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I watched an interesting video clip on how to escape when mounted. The guys on the clip state it’s a technique that can be used if the traditional escapes fail.

I like to introduce unique techniques to my game because of the shock value. I find that you gain valuable time to pull off some of these moves because of the split second delay that occurs when your opponent realizes that you are trying something different. Time that can be used for a reversal, to gain positional dominance or a submission.

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Jiu-jitsu for 2 Weeks Straight -Training Log

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So now I have been practicing Jiu-jitsu every day for over two weeks.  What have I learned?

I now know that my approach to Jiu-jitsu should be the same as when I played other sports in the past. Whether it was basketball, cross country, tennis, football or other martial arts, constant and consistent practice made me a better and dare I say more dominant player (depending on the sport). I wouldn’t have dreamed of becoming better at any of these sports if I only practiced twice a week.

Yet, that was my approach to Jiu-jitsu. However, these past two weeks I have realized how much doing drills on my own could advance my game. I have witnessed a minor increase in flexibility; added more offensive and defensive techniques and have begun to understand the finer aspects of techniques such as the butterfly guard, triangle, mount escapes and rear naked chokes.

Each day, along with stretches and Jiu-jitsu related calisthenics, I have performed at least 10 reps of certain techniques for a total of 30 reps. I know that I would have never received this much practice on specific techniques just by going to class.

I am trying to imagine the implications of training every day for at least a year. I admire those guys (in class and on videos) that are able to teach techniques. I also want to be a terror on the mat when I go to a competition. I believe this project will place me on that path…

Biting to Escape the Mount Aargh! Aargh! Aargh!

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I was watching a YouTube video on mount escapes this morning put out by Mark Hatmaker. I also have at least three of his submission grappling and MMA books. Although Hatmaker’s statement was almost made in passing, he did mention that you could bite an opponent as a way of making them distracted enough so you could hip escape, etc. Hatmaker deals with self-defense too so this makes common sense, but the casual way he said it caught my attention.

This video (7 min.) has a number of techniques that can be used to escape the mount…

Flexibility, Tapouts and Submissions

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I am still concentrating on mount escapes as Houston Alexander’s and Thiago Silva’s fight in UFC 78 is still present in my consciousness. While watching the above video and practicing the movements I also thought about flexibility and the role it plays in the ground game.

Quite often, I get in a sticky situation when grappling and attempt a move that requires flexibility. Perhaps I’m mounted and I want to roll back and use my legs to remove my sparring partner; a guy in my guard plants his hand on the mat and I spin for an omoplata or just some other general move that requires hip flexibility. Sometimes, I am unable to pull these moves off because I have reached the limits of my flexibility.

I know that there is an entire set of submissions that I could pull off but lack the flexibility to do so. This video reminded me of this and increasing my flexibility has moved to the top of my list.

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Solo Drills Improved my Jiu-Jitsu Game

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Wow! The drills that I have been doing in anticipation of class tonight paid off. I was able to pull off a butterfly guard sweep and had many near sweeps. I was also able to halfway implement the mount escapes that I have been working on for the past few days.

In the brief time between classes I was able to add elements to my game without live partners. Although I spent much of the night having my butterfly guard passed and having my sparring buddies gain side control, I was able to see definite improvements.

When I pulled off the butterfly sweep it felt like magic. Also I felt good when I was able to effectively offer resistance when mounted. Instead of stalling and waiting for the top guy to make his move before trying to escape, I began to shrimp and work different techniques in order to work my way back to guard. I proved to myself that solo drills (with video instruction) do help.

Oh yeah: My academy said they will soon be offering classes 5 nights a week. So I looking forward to that happening….

Note* My new Jiu-Jitsu gym bag also came in handy. I was able to bring in more items and not have them strewn all over the floor.

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Houston Alexander: Mount Escapes-Training Log

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After watching Houston Alexander and Silva fight last night, I saw the light.  Cringing inside as I watched a dominant fighter succumb to punches from the mount led me to think about my own mount defense.

So to bolster my defense I practiced mount escape drills and will incorporate it more often in my training. For the past few days I also have been drilling butterfly guard. I hope I can use it in class on Tuesday. I have been trying to use it in class lately and have been getting stuffed pretty quickly.

Oh yeah, I found a track about a mile from my house this week. So this morning I went up there; stretched, jogged/walked a mile and then ran sprints on the football field.

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