Technique: Basic and Deep Half Guard Escapes from Back Control

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Here are some Basic, Fundamental, and Deep Half Guard Escapes when your opponent has your back in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  For most people, having an opponent behind them is the most dangerous position in combat sports.  Here are some simple and very effective ways of escaping this position.  The seated position is a common position in ground fighting but also represents a lot of variations of back control.  These escapes can all be modified for laying down, turtled, and even versions of back control while we are standing or against a cage wall.


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BJJ Technique: Von Flue Guillotine Escape

BJJ Black Belt, Brian Ruscio

Professor Brian Ruscio demonstrates a Counter to the Guillotine when your arm is free.  A neck-only guillotine choke is a dangerous submission that finishes opponents quickly.  It is popular in the UFC and other MMA events.  Due to this fact, it is also a popular hold with in street fights with individuals who may not know any martial arts.  This counter will be effective for MMA, BJJ, or Self Defense for this reason.

Vital Keys to the Technique:

  • Tripod on your toes and the top of your head
  • Address the choke, relieving pressure
  • Hug all they way around to the opponents opposite shoulder (I call this “elbow deep”)
  • Don’t waste energy squeezing. Transition all of your weight to the shoulder on the opponents neck to perform a choke of your own.
  • The opponent will either let go to push you off, tap, or pass out.
  • If it takes more than a few seconds to get this result you may not be positioning yourself properly.

Remember! Our first defense should be to never hang our head.  If caught, we should pass the guard immediately.  If these aren’t viable options, then this technique will serve as an effective defense or counter, possibly submitting your opponent.

Note: A similar technique known as the “Von Flue Choke” can performed from side control.

Techniques are for demonstration purposes only and should not be performed without a professional instructor present.

Side Control Escape to Double Leg Finish Drill

This week we are practicing some effective side control escapes.  Here is a useful partner drill to practice one of the fundamental escapes from an opponents side control.  This technique is useful for wrestlers and top game players as it results in a double leg type position where you could perform a “sit-out” or just finish the double.

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Triangle Choke Escapes for No Gi BJJ

We learn Triangles and other Submissions in BJJ, but what about how to escape?  I get asked all the time, “how do you escape a triangle?”  In the following video I will be demonstrating 3 escapes for a triangle choke at the different progressive stages of it being locked in.  The demonstration happened when our Kimonos were off, but these can be performed with the Gi on as well.

Defense is vital.  Remember, if you can avoid being submitted, eventually you will get your chance to apply a submission on your opponent.

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