Category Archives: Escapes

Escapes are so important. You can be a great Jiu-Jitsu player but if you don’t know how to escape, then you will be submitted all the time. Learn to escape well and you’ll be able to try new things and grow and learn without fear.

A great drill to make your Sit out unstoppable

Sit out drill

Sit out drill

Are you sick of having guys sprawl on you and control you? Here’s the solution.

Learn to sit out correctly with proper timing and you can reverse the position.

This can completely change your Turtle game and be the difference between winning and losing. It’s a great video from the guys at Damage Control MMA.

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Americana escape options and 2 common mistakes.

Do you often get caught in the Americana shoulder lock? Have you been looking for an Americana escape that will solve this problem? Here are some escape options and also some things you should avoid doing.

Americana escape

Americana escape

It’s one of the highest percentage submissions and is frequently used in pretty much every BJJ gym. If you’ve been rolling for any length of time, then you’ve definitely been caught in an Americana. While your opponent can get it from various positions, the most common one is from the mount so this video will show you various ways to escape the Americana from mount. It’s important to realise that when you’re trying to do an Americana escape, there are two natural responses that people do that actually cause them to get into more trouble. This video will show you how to avoid doing them and give you an understanding of the kind of movements that you should rather do.

It’s extremely frustrating getting caught in an Americana. It can be painful if you don’t tap in time. It’s also quite irritating when you’re a lightweight and you end up rolling a bigger guy who loves to use the Americana as his weight gives him a big advantage. Who better to teach us the Americana escape than Rener Gracie of Gracie Academy.

An Americana escape isn’t easy.

Once you understand what your opponent needs to achieve in order to get the submission, you can effectively counter against it. Escaping the Americana is definitely no walk in the park, especially if your opponent is skilled or strong but this video will give you the knowledge to get the upper hand and get the Americana escape . There’s no fancy stuff here but getting the small movements and timing right is not always easy and requires a lot of rolling to get right. As with everything in BJJ, time on the mat training these things is what will ultimately make the difference between getting caught or not.

Kimura escape shown by Professor Daniel Cherubin

Kimura escape

Kimura escape

Man it really sucks to get caught in a tight Kimura. You can only hold on for so long before your opponent gets the tap and when it happens, if you don’t tap quickly enough, you can walk away from training with an aching shoulder. Not cool. There is a solution though and here it is. In this BJJ Hobart video, De La Riva Jiu Jitsu Australia, Head Instructor Professor Daniel Cherubin shows us how to escape from the Kimura and return the favour with an armbar.

6 Triangle choke escapes you need to know

 triangle choke defence

triangle choke defence

The Triangle choke is a super high percentage choke and you need to know how to recognise it, prevent it early and if need be, escape it. There are various great defences out there. I’ve embedded 4 videos for you here that include 6 different techniques, which are shown by top notch black belt instructors with different points of view. I like to have options so I can chain them together and make sure I escape. Check out them out see what works best for you.

The first outstanding video is by Stephan Kesting of Grapplearts. He explains the prevention and the actual triangle choke escapes in a clear concise way that ensures you can’t go wrong.

Kurt osiander – Prevention is better then cure and some basic techniques- This video also shows the importance of posture for prevention, which is a common theme.

Dean Lister – How to escape when it’s in deep to avoid getting elbowed in the face if it’s MMA. I personally love this one. ( This video is by Breakthrough Jiu Jitsu via

Jason Scully‘s ‘Leaning triangle escape’ – It’s a less conventional approach that works. I like surprising my opponents.

Now it’s time to drill the techniques and stop getting caught in triangle chokes.