I managed to join the afternoon session at the academy, where the professor had plans on wrapping up the week with reviewing the different escapes from the bottom of the mount.
Professor proceeded to explain the afternoon’s lesson and he made mention to all of the different techniques taught this week, namely:
Basic Elbow escape
Basic Elbow escape – Hip bump variation
Basic Elbow escape – Hooking Heel
Basic Elbow escape – Defense of hooking heel (toes pointed straight up) variation 1 – (preventing foot from touching floor)
Basic Elbow escape – Defense of hooking heel (toes pointed straight up) variation 2 – (wrapping the foot)
Escape one when top person has you in a modified mount – Leg hook with arm variation
Escape two when top person has you in a modified mount – double hip escape variation
Escape three when top person has you in full mount high up the body
Escape four when top person has you in full mount – hip escape to heel hook
All of the above were practiced today, with varying levels of success and confusion (for me).
The Professor then introduced one more move, a more advanced technique, called the X-Guard!!!
This move was introduced as an additional option from the ‘hip escape to heel hook’ escape. This particular technique gives options of defence as well as attacks, in the form of submissions and sweeps when used correctly. We then drilled this a few times to get acquainted with it’s mechanics. Personally, i wasn’t a big fan but I’m putting that down to limited understanding of the move.
To close of the lesson we did a drill to combine at least 3 of the escapes depending on the top person’s actions. This proved to be a very important drill which, as per usual with the professor, is designed to get us thinking beyond the escapes themselves.
In close, I thoroughly enjoyed the lessons this week and feel more at ease being on my back in a less dominant position.
Until the next time… “Tapping out!”