Learn the Art of Escapes: How to Get Out of Tight Grips and Holds in Jiu Jitsu

Learn the Art of Escapes: How to Get Out of Tight Grips and Holds in Jiu Jitsu


It’s no secret that Jiu-Jitsu is one of the fastest-growing martial arts in the world. With its emphasis on grappling, ground fighting, and submission holds, it has become a popular sport for athletes of all ages and skill levels to practice. But while there are many advantages to learning Jiu Jitsu, one of the biggest challenges that practitioners face is learning how to escape from tight grips and holds. Knowing how to free yourself from an opponent’s grip can be the difference between winning or losing a match—and even more important, it could save your life in a real self-defense situation.


That’s why it’s so important for any serious Jiu-Jitsu practitioner to learn the art of escape. In this blog post, we’ll go over some of the most effective techniques you can use to get out of tight grips and holds in Jiu-Jitsu. We’ll also discuss some common mistakes people make when trying to escape from dangerous situations—and what you can do to avoid them.


First off, let's start with a few basic tips for escaping from grips and holds:


1) Stay calm: This may sound obvious but it's worth repeating -- when you're stuck in a tough spot, don't panic! Take a few deep breaths and try not to tense up too much; this will help you maintain your focus and look for an opportunity to break free.

2) Don't fight strength with strength: It might seem like your best bet is just trying to muscle your way out of whatever hold your opponent has on you -- but this will often just tire you out without making much progress. Instead, use techniques such as using leverage or creating space between yourself and your opponent in order to gain an advantage.

3) Use momentum: If your opponent is pulling or pushing you in one direction, use that momentum against them by quickly shifting directions or countering their movement with another move (e.g., if they're pushing forward then quickly pull back). This will often disrupt their balance so that they can break free from their grip or hold more easily.


Now let's look at some specific techniques for escaping from common grips and holds used in Jiu-Jitsu:


A) The Guillotine Choke: This choke involves wrapping both arms around an opponent's neck tightly so that they can't breathe properly; it's usually done when someone is pinned down on their back or stomach (but can also be done while standing). To escape this choke safely, start by creating space between yourself and your opponent by arching your back away from them as far as possible-- then grab their wrists firmly with both hands (this should give you enough room so that they can no longer squeeze around your neck). From here, lift both legs up into the air using all four limbs together-- then bridge outward (i.e., push off with both legs while still holding onto their wrists) until they let go of their grip on you completely!


B) The Mount Position: This position occurs when someone gets on top of another person who is lying flat on their back; if held correctly it gives the person on the bottom very little room for movement which makes escaping difficult (but not impossible!). To escape here start by shrimping away by bringing one knee at a time towards your chest until there is enough space between yourself and the person mounting-- then bridge upward (i.e., push off with both legs together!) until they are lifted off balance enough for you put them into side control position or even stand up completely!


C) The North-South Position: In this position, one person lies flat on top of another person who has been pinned down; again if held correctly there's almost no room left for movement which makes escaping very difficult! To escape here start by creating tension across the body-- i.e., press down hard with both arms against either side so that there is tension across the body preventing them from fully controlling the situation-- then bridge outward again using all four limbs together until they lose control completely allowing time to transition into side control/mount/guard positions, etc!


Finally, let’s talk about some mistakes people make when attempting to escape in Jiu-Jitsu:


1) Not Creating Space/Leverage: As mentioned earlier one key element of successful escapes involve creating space/leverage before making any other moves - i..e arching back away from opponents before grabbing wrists, etc - failing to do this often leaves practitioners stuck inside opponents to grip unable to make any further progress!

2) Relying Too Much On Strength: As tempting as it may be relying solely on strength usually ends up being counter-productive - instead focus more effort on developing techniques such as shrimping away/bridging outwards etc which require less physical exertion but still offer great results!

3) Not Moving Quickly Enough: Once practitioners begin attempting escapes its important to move quickly lest opponents have a chance to regrip/regain control situation - therefore it's always advisable to practice various scenarios at full speed in order to develop reflexive reactions required to break free effectively during live matches, etc!


In conclusion learning, art escapes the critical part of mastering Jiu-Jitsu - understanding various techniques discussed earlier is key to getting the most benefit out of training sessions well staying safe from dangerous scenarios! Good luck everyone!