Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hip escape, butterfly, arm control

The hip escape is a means to get to your side. Once on your side you have varied options. You can step over to your knees, you can jam a knee in to create a knee shield to recover guard, you can shoulder slide back to create more distance. For me what I find easiest is to get a knee shield in to jam them, extend and shoulder slide away, which creates enough distance to recover my guard.

When you are on bottom and recover guard, a lot of times you end up recovering butterfly as that is easier to find than a fully closed guard. You have to be careful here to not stay flat on your back and allow your feet to be pressed onto the floor. You can't play a butterfly guard the same way as you play a spider guard. Flat on your back.

Also when passing, keeping your opponent's arm pinned on the floor makes passing a lot easier as they can't get that elbow frame in.


  1. Can you perhaps clarify that last point about passing? Which pass? On something like say a toreando pass or a double-underhooks pass, how can you keep your arms pinned if both of your arms are engaged with their legs?

  2. Ah good question. I mean for most pressure passes. Like any low pass, smashing pass, knee through pass or even a double underhook pass. Fighting that arm and pinning it to their body or the floor becomes very useful. Now with something like a toreando or any dancing style pass, it's hit or miss and there are no adjustments. You get it all in one take or you don't.



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