GB Fundamentals: Positional Escapes with Prof. Brian Waltz

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at escapes from different ground positions – with Prof. Brian Waltz of Gracie Barra, Colorado Springs
For the first year of training, the jiu-jitsu student is most concerned with surviving rolls without getting tapped. When you are first starting out, you seem to spend a lot of time trapped in different positions and fending off submissions.
Escapes are not only for the white belts, however. A key to opening up your jiu-jitsu game is to have the confidence that you can defend and know how to escape when you find yourself caught in a bad position.
When we have confidence in our ability to escape and get back to a good position, it frees us up to try and experiment with submissions in our rolling.
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Let’s take a look at some of the most important fundamental escapes by one of the top Gracie Barra black belt instructors – with Prof. Brian Waltz of Gracie Barra, Colorado Springs.
1) Side Control Escape
Professors Bryan and Vanessa of Gracie Barra Colorado Springs demonstrate the #1 Side Control Escape to learn in bjj.

2) Kimura Escape
One of my instructors said that when he first started training bjj, his guard was always getting passed, he would get trapped under side control and end up getting tapped by the Kimura. Here is how to escape the Kimura.

3) Guillotine Escape
We see Guillotine attacks from untrained street fights all the way to professional competition. You must know what to do when your opponent catches your neck!

4) Hip Shovel Kesa-Gatame Escape
Your opponent will counter your attempt to replace the guard by switching to this variation of side control. This requires a different strategy to escape.

5) Escape Back No Hands
This is the single best, high percentage escape from the worst position in jiu-jitsu.

What positional escape made the biggest difference in YOUR game?
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Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia