Dan Faggella is a BJJ Academy Owner, No Gi Pan Am Champion at 130 pounds, and recognized expert in the area of leg locks. Dan writes or Jiu Jitsu Magazine, Jiu Jitsu Style, MMA Sports Mag, and more – find more of his leg lock articles and resources at www.BJJLegLocks.com
In the Mixed Martial Arts community, many people find Alan Belcher to be a fun, exciting Muay Thai striker that loves to stand and trade with his opponent. While his Thai shorts may play into this notion, it isn’t 100% factual. In fact, it’s rather easy to overlook Belcher’s black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Alan ‘The Talent’ Belcher is a very well versed grappler when it comes to his submission game. In fact, Belcher has a plethora of fantastic BJJ videos that he shares under his YouTube account that I find myself watching rather regularly to see if I can up a new submission or technique.
As a guy that loves his leg locks, I’m always searching for new ways to better my position and continue to attack my opponent. Luckily I found an awesome technique video that Alan posted on how to escape from a knee bar while transitioning into a much more desirable position that will allow you to get the upper hand on your opponent!
Defending The Knee Bar
In order to escape from this position, you must first be able to defend the hold your opponent is aiming for. In this case, your opponent is looking to apply the knee bar, and already has a hold on your leg and is looking to lean back for
The most important step here is for you to lock your legs as if you were applying a body lock. This is going to make the knee bar virtually impossible to finish, unless they are brutally strong.
From here, reach your submission side arm across the chest of your opponent, leaving the arm in perfect position to go for an arm triangle. With your other hand, reach up and grip your hands together and begin to pull your opponent backwards towards you.
The next step is a risky one; unlock your legs, allowing your opponent to pull on the knee bar. As they do, continue to pull your opponent backwards to try and nullify the hold. From here, post on your free leg, and bring your hips up.
Next, buck the leg being held free, swivel your hips and end up in side control. If you are unfortunate enough to end up in bottom side control you need to learn to escape. Check out this sick article on Science of Skill about advanced escapes and concepts from side contorl.
Transitioning Into The Arm Triangle
When you make this escape, everything should line up perfectly for you to be sitting right in side control looking for the armbar.
The arm placement in this transition is vital because it does two things we’ve already touched on:
- It’s ideal for an arm triangle setup, which very easily could win you the match.
- It defends against the dangerous knee bar, especially once you unhook your legs.
Understanding this escape is very important. Like many other transitions, you can’t allow your opponent an inch of working room, especially if they are attacking your legs. If you would like to learn more details on how to attain and finish the arm triangle check out this article!
Work on this transition, understand the subtle ins-and-outs of it, and utilize it to start winning matches!