GB Technique : Escaping and Countering Submissions

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at submission escapes and counters by Gracie Barra Colorado Springs.
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Escapes and defense should be the major focus for students early in their jiu-jitsu training. Grandmaster Helio Gracie’s philosophy was to survive first, tire your opponent and then submit them when they committed a mistake. A sound strategy against larger, heavier opponents.
The next level beyond simply escaping is to turn your opponent’s attack into your own submission. This is the real art of jiu-jitsu: using your opponent’s action to create an opening for you to submit them!
Let’s take a look at some useful counters and escapes as taught by Gracie Barra Colorado Springs.
1) Ankle Lock Defense
Many new students are wary of leg locks and find themselves getting submitted often early in their training because they don’t know what to do. The good news is that the counters to foot locks are effective. This counter by Gracie Barra Colorado Springs.

2) Guillotine Escape
The Guillotine choke is one of the most dangerous attacks (especially in no-gi and MMA). Note the details of positioning your body to lessen the pressure of the choke before the actual escape.

3) Kimura Escape
What do you do when your opponent has passed your guard and secured the Kimura grip? Professor Bryan Waltz, head instructor of GBCS, demonstrates a technique to escape the north/south Kimura resulting in a match ending arm bar.

4) Omoplata Counter
Prof Bryan Waltz shows what to do when your opponent has managed to get Omoplata shoulder control on you.

5) Armbar Counter to Kesa-Gatame with Underhook
This is one of the more challenging positions to escape from in jiu-jitsu. Prof. Bryan has a nice technique to not only escape, but to attack with your own armlock submission.

What is YOUR favorite escape or counter technique?
See also on Gracie Barra : Attacking From The Mount
Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia