Back Escapes


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Topic of the week: Back Escapes

A common challenge for those who want to improve their game is to organize training constancy and flow, identifying weaknesses to overcome, and work it all into their routine. To solve this problem, we have done intensive research with Master Renzo Gracie, who dedicates a big part of his life to teaching the gentle art. Renzo and his team have built a weekly lessons program to supplement your training, routines, and your lifestyle in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Escape from the back

Now being controlled from the back, Renzo shows you a step-by-step method to block your opponent's choke attempts and escape safely, repositioning yourself to put your opponent in guard.

Back escape trading on the arm

When your opponent controls your back, you must not get scared, trying to escape through brute force and wasting energy. Instead, resort to cold blood and technical refinement, as in this subtle defense taught by Robson Gracie.

Back escape ending on top position

Learn an efficient way to escape your opponent's control over your back, ending the technique on top, in guard or even in half-guard.

Back escape replacing half-guard

Be careful as you try to escape back control, as your opponent may pre-empt your move by repositioning themselves on the mount. Check out how Robson Gracie prevents this.

Back escape passing the arm to the other side

The moment your opponent drives one hand to catch your collar may be decisive to escaping a back attack. Watch how Robson takes seizes it.

Back escape controlling the arm putting back in guard

Robson Gracie again uses the defense taught last video. But now, instead of ending the motion inside the guard, he ends up on the bottom, playing guard. Learn why that happens here.

Back escape when they have the choke grip

If, during an attack from the back, your opponent manages to pass their arm close to your neck and control the cross collar, there is a great risk of you getting subbed. Even so, there are ways to defend against the choke and escape danger. Here is one.

Back escape variation

Be careful as you try to defend against the cross-collar choke from the back, because, depending on the direction you try to deflect your opponent's arm to, you may be leaving your neck exposed to a rear naked choke. Check out the proper way to block this attack.

Are you old to start?

"I'm too old to practice BJJ." Bruno kicks the week off by tearing apart this sort of attitude -- one of the most common excuses used to avoid signing up at a BJJ school.

Back escape to the "wrong side"

When you get attacked from the back, even if your opponent manages to control your cross collar and direct your body to the side that's favorable to the choke, there is an effective way to defend and escape. See how.

Back escape falling on top position

The back control technique known as the seatbelt is very effective and able to leave the attacker flush with their opponent's back. There are ways to escape, however, as Robson shows here.

Escaping the head under

In essence, when we get attacked from the back, what we need in order to escape is to open up space -- to create gaps we can sneak through. As he pulls the arm that attacks his neck, Robson gets the gap needed to slip his head downward and reposition himself on half-guard.

Last option escape

Robson Gracie teaches the hardest of all defensive options against chokes from the back. It's a radical, risky spin -- but one which can surprise most opponents.

Sumi Gaeshi

The sumi gaeshi is known as a sacrifice technique, as the fighter initially goes to the ground to, only then, find their opponent's point of disequilibrium. So it's a daring technique, and among the most beautiful found in this course.

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