Having someone on your back in back mount or rear mount is a terrible situation in jiu-jitsu, especially if he’s doing a good job of controlling your upper body with an over-under seatbelt grip and your lower body with his hooks.
The longer he stays on your back the longer you’ll be vulnerable to submissions like the rear naked choke, the rear triangle choke, armlocks, spinal cranks and even leglocks.
So you MUST know how to escape from the back!
Here’s my good friend Ritchie Yip with 3 of his favourite escapes when someone is on his back. This must be why it’s so damn hard to choke him out in this position…
If you want to check out a specific section of the video above, you can go to these timestamps or also scroll down to the shorter videos…
00:09 Back Escape to the Underhook Side
00:59 Back Escape to the Overhook Side
02:12 Knee Pit Grip and Spin Back Escape
Escaping the Back Mount by Going to the Underhook Side
Escaping to the underhook side (the side where his grip comes UNDER your armpit) is a staple escape in both gi and no gi.
It’s a highly effective move, but the downside is that you usually end up on the bottom.
Here’s Ritchie breaking down the underhook side back mount escape for you…
Escaping the Back Mount by Going to the Overhook Side
You can also escape to the overhook side. This is the side where his arm comes OVER your shoulder.
It’s a little harder to escape on this side because getting your head to the ground can be problematic. But it CAN be done!
Here’s Ritchie breaking down the overhook side back mount escape for you…
Escaping by Controlling His Knee and Spinning Within His Back Mount
The problem with the first two escapes is that they typically end with you on the bottom in half guard. That’s not the end of the world – certainly half guard bottom is a MUCH better position than having someone on your back – but what if you could do better?
What if you could escape the back AND stay on top?
Here’s Ritchie showing you how to spin within his back mount, prevent him from following you, and set up a great guard passing position all in the same technique!
Check out Ritchie’s BJJ blog and his Youtube channel for more great technical jiu-jitsu breakdowns!
How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent in No Gi
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We’ve all had it happen to us. Some lower level, less experienced grappler shows up for class, asks you to roll, and then winds up dominating and maybe even submitting you. How did this happen? Simply because they were bigger, stronger, heavier, and more powerful than you.
When this happens it’s hard to keep things in perspective. You might even feel like you’ve been wasting your years on the mat; “I should be better than that” you say to yourself.
Anyway, it’s incredibly frustrating when the only reason you tap out to somebody is because he’s a lot bigger than you or spends all his free time lifting weights in the gym…
And without the gi the bigger, stronger opponent has an even greater advantage. Without the lapels and cuffs to help you manage his weight and prevent his control over you the larger grappler usually finds it easier to use size and strength to force his way past the defenses your defenses, apply his superior weight, and crush you.
Or when you’re passing the guard you DON’T have the cuffs on his pants to kill the movement and strength of his powerful legs…
Without the gi the smaller, weaker person is at a huge disadvantage.
But things don’t need to be this way. There is hope in no gi, even if you’re fighting a person significantly bigger than yourself.
You just have to know what to do. And that’s exactly what BJJ black belt World Champion and I want to show you!
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