We need a good basic mount escape for when the person just wants to hold you there and squash the life out of you.
(Pics courtesy of Chew Jitsu Youtube video).
Mount is one of those positions in BJJ that we don’t spend enough time in to get really good at defending. Sure, we all know the basic escapes, and practice them in class, but in normal rolling most BJJ players prefer side control, so that’s where we spend most of the time once our guard gets passed.
Of course, in competition the mount is worth 4 points, so it happens more often. I watched a video of a local BJJ competition today and the higher belts spent a lot of time stuck under mount waiting for the chance to escape. The most popular way of holding people in mount I saw was to flatten out into what I’ll call a ‘heavy mount’ – this isn’t the position where somebody is sitting up on your hips – this is the one where they are flattening their hips, often locking the legs of the person underneath up and going for a position similar to a sky dive. Sometimes they’ll also wrap an arm under your head, just to make life harder for you by adding more pressure and open up some submissions.
There aren’t as many submissions available in this position compared to sitting up like you’re riding a horse, but you get to make life really miserable for the person underneath. It’s hard for them to breathe and they can tire themselves out making fruitless attempts at a bump and roll. When you’re flattened out like that it’s very unlikely that a bump and roll escape is going to work. It’s also hard to work the normal hip escape as well, because they can follow you as you move.
What we need is a ‘go to’ solution for getting out of this position, and a video I saw recently by Chew Jitsu offers just that – the single leg X escape. The video is at the bottom of this post, but I’ll just go over the basics here first before you watch it.
- Unlock the legs. If your legs are trapped you need to stretch them to unlock them, then put your heels near your butt, so they can’t lock them up again.
- Hip bump. Hip bump repeatedly to get your arm into a frame position. (arm is already in position in the pictures above.).
- Bridge and hip escape. After you bridge you’re doing the framing with your elbow on his mid-section, while hip escaping your hips in the other direction. Notice, you’re not flat on your back when you do this.
- Single leg x. From here get your leg into single leg x position.
- Underhook their leg and get it on your shoulder.
- Grab their sleeve. A little trickery is often required for this by pulling on his collar – see the video for details.
- Sweep. Take your foot off their hip, put it on the ground and push them over. From here you can pass pretty easily.
Here’s the video – enjoy!
Chew Jitsu have a ton of other BJJ videos, so make sure you check out their channel.