Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

Inside the University 900 - Bridge Mount Escape

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To finish the class, Saulo goes over the most basic mount escape, the bridge or upa. Since it is fairly simple to shutdown the bridge escape, it is commonly used as a last resort when your opponent has his choking grips at your neck. This is the time you are more likely to roll him, as he will not be able to post with his hands at your neck.


Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

Inside the University 899 - Escape from Technical Mount

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Often when you make your first defensive position while mounted, your opponent will switch to a technical mount. Saulo breaks down the necessary movement, and shows a mobility drill to practice in order to escape the technical mount.

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

Inside the University 898 - Staying Calm and Timing Your Escape

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Saulo discusses the importance of relaxing and staying calm when your opponent has you mounted. After he is able to bring his knee under his opponent's leg, then he is ready to explode to the other side and escape the mount.

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

Inside the University 897 - Connecting the Movements to Escape Mount

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Having practiced the kick the door exercise, Saulo now incorporates this movement into the mount escape, and fine tunes the bridge movement that follows. He touches on the timing and coordination of the movements to smoothly escape the mount.

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

Inside the University 895 - Mount Escape

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The first lesson to escape the mount is to not get caught flat on your back. This is why Saulo is already turning to his side as soon as he knows his opponent is going for the mount. He keeps his frames in place on the hip and when he has the opportunity, he crunches his body to bring his knee under the leg. Now he can bridge and begin to recover his guard.

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Coming back to his first point, Saulo emphasizes the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your body and using it to block your opponent's hips, and keeping your bottom leg glued to the mat while he's mounted on you. Now when your opponent switches to technical mount and tries to put the pressure on you, bridge to bump him forward, rather than to the side. Now you can hip escape to create the space needed to replace the guard.

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

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Breaking down the mount escape further, Saulo shows the key details in switching your hips from one side to the other. His initial hip escape is generated by pushing off his top foot to back away from his opponent. After creating some space, he pushes hard off his bottom foot, and quickly swings his body so his hips are facing the other side. Now he is in position to replace his guard.

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

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Saulo breaks down the key points in surviving and escaping the mount. His first reaction is to get on his side and keep his elbows attached to his body. His bottom leg stays glued to the mat and his top leg keeps his foot on its side to push off the mat. In this position, he is in survival mode and safe from danger. To escape, he uses his top leg foot to push off and make a little bridge, before escaping his hips to replace the guard.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 8 - Mount Escape

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 8 - Mount Escape

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Dominyka shows her favorite mount escape, which is especially good for people with long legs. First she bumps her opponent forward by hitting her in the butt with her knee. Then she cups both armpits and rocks her hips off the mat so she can put her feet in the armpits. Now she pushes her opponent off with her feet, and does a back roll to escape. She ends up a kind of reverse mount position, where there will be a scramble for a better position.

Xande's Defensive Series 8 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Xande's Defensive Series 8 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Xande goes for the hip block mount escape, but now his opponent reacts by switching to the technical mount. Xande's immediate reaction is to turn away and use his elbow to block his opponent's thigh. Now he brings his leg to bump his opponent and open space for him to slide his knee underneath the leg. From here, Xande has a few options to replace the guard, depending on how his opponent reacts.

Xande's Defensive Series 7 - Grapevine Mount Escape

Xande's Defensive Series 7 - Grapevine Mount Escape

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Xande now talks about when your opponent uses the grapevine while mounting you, which happens when he drops all his weight in his hips and ties up your legs with his feet. The overall process is the same as the hip block escape, but he must address the grapevine. His first step is to bump his hips and get his frame in place on his opponent's hip. Now he can clear his legs of the grapevine by stretching one leg, bringing it around and using it to push his opponent's other hook off him. Now he can finish escaping the mount as shown before.

Xande's Defensive Series 6 - Hip Block Mount Escape

Xande's Defensive Series 6 - Hip Block Mount Escape

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Xande now begins the mount escape series with the hip block mount escape. First he makes a frame on his opponent's hip, and straightens his own leg on that same side, while turning just a bit on to his hip. Now he bumps with his hips and slides his leg underneath to trap his opponent's leg. Then he can turn back into his opponent and work to replace the guard.

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