Escapes & The Guard (diary entry)

armbar from guard5 (close up)

escape from mount 221.11.19


Thursday night’s first lesson brought my junior clients up to the seventh hour of their Submission Grappling/Ground-Fighting course. We covered a lot of ground tonight, introducing the guard.


The lesson began with a warm-up crawls and snaking followed by transitioning through pins with submissions. Then we drilled escapes from side control and scarf-hold. This brought us onto the guard where we looked at escapes, sweeps and submissions.


The escape taught was the simple hip-out escape. This is a priority in MMA training and has relevance in self-defence. However, in Submission Grappling it is usually a lower priority as it can lead to negative play given that the game is largely based on ground-fighting. We then looked at the simple Kimura sweep and submission from the guard. This was followed the scissor sweep which brought us onto submissions from the guard using the legs. We began with the arm-bar which was followed by the triangle choke.


The lesson finished with 3 x 2 minute rounds of very light specific sparring. Round one concerned fighting from the top pinning position, round two focused on escaping from pins and round three was fighting from the guard.

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