Basic Jiu Jitsu Curriculum – Lesson 9b – The Elbow Escape From Mount

Elbow Escape From The Mount Overview

The trap and roll escape is good because it puts you right in the mount. But if it is not working, use the elbow escape.

Shrimp Drill – practice this first

START ALL ELBOW ESCAPES FROM THE MOUNT BY AGGRESSIVELY HITTING A STRONG BODY LOCK This is how you MUST begin all mount escapes in a fight. Sit up and hug him down by driving with legs, or drive with legs and bring him to you, or sit up and grab his clothes and plant his face in the concrete).

Once you have done this you are ready to do the elbow escape. (Keep his arms “busy”. Make him post and re-post by driving with your legs and forcing his head north hard. If he’s posting he cannot hit you. Then when he chills for a second that’s when you do the elbow escape.)

Standard Elbow Escape:

  1. 1
    Hug his back to keep close so he doesn't punch, lay the leg FLAT on the ground,
  2. 2
    Turn sideways, and in a quick move, your elbow or hand pushes his knee as you shoot your knee up, as soon as it comes out, turn and square up and take trap his leg as you hold his head
  3. 3
    Repeat on the other side to get the knee out
  4. 4
    Other leg now bites up on the back, post trapped foot and scoot towards that trapped foot again. (Bite the back, push off the foot, and hip out towards the trapped leg side)

Tip - once you free your first leg, you can also use your INSIDE leg to trap over