In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, there are some positions that are dangerous to be in, while others may just look dangerous. One of those positions that look worse than it is is bottom mount. Sure, this isn’t a good spot to be in given the dominance your opponent can exert, but their submission choices are very limited which makes it somewhat easier on you to defend.
Casual fans of the sport may look at a Mixed Martial Arts fight and correlate bottom mount as the position where the bout will end. We see the elbows, punches and hammer fists that are thrown in MMA from full mount, and subconsciously assume it’s an equally bad position to be in. There is another great article on how to escape the bottom mount here.
While there are worse places to be in on the mat, it’s always good to know how to escape the mount, because your opponent can easily stall from the top which plays to their advantage.
Luckily, Rener & Ryron Gracie are here to share one of their escape techniques!
Utilizing The Fish Hook
For this escape, we’ll focus with heavy emphasis on our elbow. As we turn to the side for our typical elbow escape, we want to bring our foot across and look to hook their leg, which would allow us to pull it backwards, making it easy to escape.
However, an experienced grappler will stay heavy through that leg, making the hook obsolete, meaning we must find a new approach to getting out. In that case, we will bring our leg over, bringing where our knee and calf meet, and clamping down on their ankle.
While still pushing down with our elbow, we will bring our hips towards the ceiling, which will in turn lift their knee off of the mat. From here, place your opposite hand on their knee, and shrimp outwards slightly. After doing so, shoot your leg back through, obtaining closed guard.
And just like that, you’ve escaped the dreaded mount! It goes without saying in this situation to make sure you stay tight executing the move because the second that your arm becomes loose, it’s over with.
Analyzing The Escape
The elbow escape is a fantastic tool to have, that’s a given. However, like Rener touches upon briefly in the video, it may not always be the best way to go. Make sure you have fully recognized the situation before going for the escape.
First off, you’ll want to see how firm they are when they are planting their hands. You might be able to break them down, apply an overhook, and sweep them right into guard. Needless to say, this is much easier to execute than the move listed above.
No matter how you go about it, this escape is a very valuable tool and is something that any grappler should practice. Time to hop on the mat and give it a try!
For more information on escapes check out MicroBjj.org.