Escape training…

Training your escapes from all the major positions and submissions is one of the most important yet neglected parts of most new (and even advanced) student’s Jiu jitsu training. It is important that you learn and drill your escapes relentlessly at all levels of your progression. Being able to relax, breathe, think and escape from tough and dangerous positions is one of the hallmarks of Good Jiu jitsu! I’ve seen far too many good Jiu jitsu players get taken down and held by good wrestlers and judoka in competition. Not that there’s anything wrong with developing excellent throws, takedowns and hold downs but I believe the essence of Jiu jitsu is survival, escape and turning the momentum of the fight around through the use of technique, leverage and timimg!

I believe that escape training should be practiced more than anything else in your Jiu jitsu training. Train it daily if you can! At the very least, drill your hips escapes, bridges and solo drills whenever you train. It is important to drill constantly. Experiment and put yourself in tough situations when you roll/grapple. Work out how to conserve your energy, survive and escape using good technique and leverage. Tighten up your defence, seal all your holes, find the best leverage points and make your opponent over exert himself when attacking due to frustration. The more he gets frustrated, the more he makes mistakes, forces his techniues by using too much power and opens the door to your superior escape techniques.

Just remember when working on your submission escapes there is no room for ego!!! If you are drilling your escapes, work your technique but always be ready to tap or even scream just in case a submission is too tight or comes on too quickly. Generally speaking I suggest you err on the side of caution and tap a little early to save injury or discomfort and if possible try and work your submission escapes with higher grades who have better control and are less likely to crank a submission on just to get the tap! Start slow when drilling your escapes and gradually increase the speed and resistance until you are working near full speed and resistance. If you are disciplined with this, your escapes will come that much smoother when you are rolling live!

Good luck with your training and Happy rolling!


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2 Responses to “Escape training…”

  1. Aggie Says:

    Hey – whats up. Thanks for the blog. I’ve been digging around looking some info up for shool, but i think i’m getting lost!. Google lead me here – good for you i suppose! Keep up the great information. I will be coming back in a couple of days to see if there is updated posts.

    • jiujitsukingdom Says:

      Hey Aggie, glad you like the blog! 🙂 Where abouts are you based? And yes google sure can get confusing sometimes! I wish you luck in your endeavours fo find a great BJJ gym! the journey’s well worth it!!! Have a great week and Merry Christmas!
      Kind Regards

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