Nov 22

Committing blatant homicide on the elbow escape

Many years ago, I discovered a small little counter to the elbow escape from mount.

It’s a micro adjustment in the truest sense.

And it absolutely slaughters the escape. In fact, it’s so bad that I would even call it murder in plain daylight.

Let’s explore:

When it comes to the elbow escape, I break it down into a series of conditions that have to set for it to work.

1. The top guy’s hands must touch the mount. (It means that his legs will be light enough to manipulate.)

2. The bottom guy’s elbow, on the side he’s escaping, must be on the inside of his opponent’s knee. (It makes it easier to push down the knee and that increases access to their ankle.)

3. The bottom guy must straight his leg on the side he wants to escape and partially rotate his hips that way without turning his upper body. (It creates a situation where you can easily use the knee against their ankle to create space for escape and it also doesn’t expose the back at the same time.)

If those three things are done well, the rest of the steps are pretty easy. But it’s that last one where the opportunity lies.

When that leg straightens….

That’s when I strike.


Another counter lies in control of the head.

Their chin will always turn towards the direction they want to escape. Why? It’s because that’s how the body works. The head must lead the way. And therein lies the clue for how to proceed with your homicide.

It’s not hard at all to use your arms to turn their head other way.

In fact, I use my elbow all the time for exactly that.

But if you’re imagining raining down blows on your foe. Nothing could be further from the truth. All you do is put your elbow down right beside their head and then drive it across ever so gently.

(I like to show how much I care.)

You’ll have to figure out that one on your own though. I haven’t put it on tape. But the first counter can be learned quite easily.

It’s up in the micro adjustments course right now.

And that’s not all you’ll find within either.

Here’s a little glimpse at what else is inside at the moment:

  • How to make your darce chokes more lethal with just a slight modification to the attack. (This was inspired by several of the insights I learned from Dave Porter, and his darce is phenomenal.)
  • Why someone gripping your pants in your closed guard is a gift that you should take without the slightest bit of remorse. (‘Tis one of the easiest ways to hit one of the most basic closed guard sweeps.)
  • How a small adjustment to foot placement will radically increase the effectiveness of the x pass. (When I learned this from Abmar Barbosa, it blew my mind, and it changed how I do this pass for all time.)
  • A IBJJF legal ankle lock from the 50/50 that I’ve caught many people with nonchalant ease over the years. (Because I have this in my arsenal, I caught remember the last time I was frustrated about being stuck in 50/50.)
  • How to create soul crushing pressure. (It’s so bad that not only will people tap to the choke but even when they somehow survive that first threat, they still wish they were anywhere else but there at that moment.)
  • Some simple tactics for finishing the choke against hyper defensive opponents when you’re on their back. (Few things are worst than having all your attacks neutralized when you’re in dominant position.)
  • A stupid simple method for dealing with those who choose to stall in your closed guard. (When done right, it’ll give you immediate offensive opportunities.)
  • The one little grip that will drastically increase your control of the omoplata in the gi. (If you want to finish the submission more often, it’s something that must be in your toolbox.)
  • How to approach escaping from the back on a philosophical level. (You’ll learn exactly what your key objectives should be and how to increase both your survival rate and your escape probability.)
  • An exploration of the long step counter to the reverse de la riva and what can be done to counter. (Something you can steal and dance on fools tomorrow with.)
  • A breakdown of an aerial assault counter to the kneecut. (You’ll learn why it works and what can be done to kill it from the other side.)
  • The specific angles that decide who wins or loses the battle in the over under butterfly position. (I learned this many moons ago when I was a blue belt, and it has been a mega game changer.)
  • A solution to a position that frustrated me for way too long during an hour and half superfight. (I should have figured this out during the match because the solution is way too simple.)
  • How to deal with opponents who bait the triangle in order to pass in a way that will leave them frustrated and helpless. (This change in tactics has reaped massive benefits for me.)

….And of course, there is the elbow escape’s blatant homicide that I mentioned earlier.

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