Move of the Week for 5/21 – This week, only two videos, but they both demonstrate excellent techniques. Professor Easton first demonstrates how to escape from back control and then shows us how to pass the guard from the knees.
Fundamentals Ground (Escape Back Control):
Giving up your back is a measure of last resort, and is to be avoided at all costs. However, that being said, it can happen, and when it does you need to be prepared. Professor Easton demonstrates two methods of escaping. The first is the safe escape, and the other is the risky. the safe escape basically works itself. Make sure you keep the opponents hand locked until you go up, otherwise, a quick opponent is going to go for the mount. The risky escape is also pretty effective, although you end up in your opponents guard, rather than with side control. When you’re doing that one, recognize why Professor Easton lifts his head last. He is using every part of his body to pin his opponent. If your head starts coming up, the rest of your body will follow, which alleviates the pressure on your opponent.
Intermediate Ground (Passing the Guard from Knees):
Passing the guard from the knees is a pretty practical and effective way to pass guard. At the beginning of the pass, it’s important to control your opponents hips to avoid the armbar. Once you have your opponents leg up and his knee pinned, you’re at a fork. You can either move to the side where his leg is up, or if he blocks you, switch to the other side. It’s going to be difficult for your opponent to stop you both ways.
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