Thursday, June 02, 2005

BJJ Move #6: Upa! ... Up & Over Escape from Mount

In the last 2 Moves posts I described the mount position and a submission from the mount.

Now, the easiest way out.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Bridge & Hip (“The Upa”) (reversal from mounted to in guard):

Your opponent has mounted you.

You need to trap one of his arms-- either:
-Grab around the outside of his left arm at the tricep with your right arm and secure his left wrist to your chest with your left hand; or
-Trap his left arm in your right armpit ("overhook"); or
-Drive your right arm under his left armpit from his chest to his back, and squeeze his left arm against to your own neck / right side of your head ("underhook").
You want to trap his left arm so he cannot extend it to his left as a base.

Now plant your right foot over and on the outside of your opponent’s left foot to trap it there.

Now that you have taken away his left foot and left arm, his base is very weak on his left side (your right side).
Put your left hand in his right hip, and put your left foot close to your butt, right next to your butt if you can. This is done so that your opponent will not be able to hook your leg when you bridge.

Using your left hand to push on his right hip, and using your left leg to bridge your opponent, bridge up, and turn your opponent to your right. Bridge him in the direction of your shoulder, not directly to your right.

After your bridge and roll, you will end up in your opponent’s guard.


-Don’t roll over 360 degrees; when you come around on top, plant your left hand or foot.
-Instead of pushing on his right hip, you may want to put your left hand out in the direction of your head, to help you turn over and then base out once you’ve reversed to guard.

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