Sore Elbows!

Today was an advancement on the basic knowledge on the elbow escape.

We started as normal with a break down on the class, swiftly followed by a warm-up consisting of:
Running, side stepping, Hip escapes, backward rolls (over the shoulders), cart-wheels and lizard crawls (forwards and backwards)
Then we get into self-defence, not before a scolding from the Professor with reference to using noise-cancelling headphones, which they believe inhibits our awareness to would-be thieves or attackers.
He taught us two positions:
1) Being grabbed around the throat from behind
2) Being bear hugged from behind.
Defence for being grabbed from behind around throat, consisted of the following:
i) Tighten neck and not to point chin down
ii) Place hand on the wrist and on the elbow of attacker
iii) Perform backward headbutt
iv) Make sure to keep a connection with your waist and the attacker and lower base/centre of gravity, make sure your waist is lower than their’s.
v) Toes should be pointed forward and bend over so that the attackers weight is balanced on your hip
vi) finishing part of the move is to throw them over – This wasn’t attempted in class, but was demonstrated.
Defence for being bear hugged from behind, consisted of the following:
i) Once grabbed, lower base and lock hands up against the attackers arms with your hands making a fist.
ii) Attempts to lift you should be difficult, perform a ‘fake’ by tilting your waist to one side
iii) Then quickly tilt the other way and circle your foot behind the attacker. (If you tilt to your left, circle your left foot around the right side of the attacker
iv) Bend down and grab the attacker at the knees also pushing them together
v) Stand up whilst holding them and they should be balanced on your hip
vi) the next stage would be to drop them behind your back – This was not attempted in class but was demonstrated.
We then moved onto more detailed elbow escape details:
We completed the basic elbow escape important details are as follows:
i) You must be on your side to perform this properly, in particular the leg of the side you’re elbow escaping on
ii) Make sure head is tight against the body of person on top, to protect from head butts or punches
iii) Make sure hand is grabbing the back of the person then bring your knee up to meet your elbow or hand, which travels under the person on tops leg
iv) Once through make sure to point knee to the sky and make sure to place foot in a manner that traps the opponents right leg (assuming you’ve elbow escaped on your left leg)
v) Use left arm to wrap the head of the opponent and then turn hips onto right side, keeping head safe.
vi) Do a hip escape to your left, using your left leg as the right left will be partially trapped
vii) Once the right knee has cleared the opponents left leg, point it to the sky. A detail here that this might unbalance your opponent on top. At this point if they’re off balance it’s possible to roll them on to the bottom with you in the mount position.
viii) At this point, perform a hip escape to the right, whilst doing so move the left leg onto the back of the opponent
ix) finish off by moving your right foot on to the back of the opponent, where you should have them in your guard
Additional Details:
1) Weight distribution:
     i) Heavy knee – Hip bump to raise Knee of the floor to complete move
    ii) Heavy knee 2 – Use other foot to hook ankle to perform elbow escape
    iii) Heavy knee 2 defence – When they point their toe to the sky before the foot drops move your other leg in the way so you can manipulate it, in order to continue with the elbow escape
   iv) Heavy knee 2 defence 2 – When the toe is still pointed to the sky, wrap the foot with the leg that was hooking and perform elbow escape
  2) Foot lock down
     i) Tight position on knee, after half the elbow escape is completed – can move torso away from the tight controlling knee and keep the trapped leg straight and perform a hip escape to free trapped knee. This also requires putting hand on the knee for extra leverage
     ii) Opponent locks up knee in a triangle – perform hip escape with the leg that’s trapped dead straight, hand on knee also necessary
Tonight’s details:
 3 moves – escapes
i) Hip escaping under the opponent, so instead of sliding leg under the opponents leg, you brace their thigh and bring your leg through
ii) Modified Mount position 1 – similar to above but what happens is that when the opponent moves to modified mount you place your arm under their leg into the joint under the knee and make sure it’s strong, the other hand is straight at their ankle. Perform a hip bump and roll over your shoulder to move the opponent up and forward over you so you can transition round and give yourself positional options. One of them being able to manipulate their knee and ankle to prohibit them from turning.
iii) Modified mount position 2 – instead of sliding your leg through, you perform hip escapes until you’re able to get the other leg through, once completed, point knee to the sky and grab the ankle towards yourself. This will topple the opponent and allow you to move into a position to do a pass and establish cross body/side control
That concluded the evening.
My thoughts, lots of technical details this evening which will take a lot of practice to understand and to be able to make the necessary adjustments for myself. I still leave too much space on people and need to keep things tight. I also need to work on my breathing and not to panic when being underneath larger opponents. One of the EKBJJ brothers gave me tremendous help with that this evening and it’s slowly coming together. I still need to work on engaging my legs more so that they work in tandem with the arms. I was also introduced to the “Polish Tent” and the “Iron coffin”, again more techniques to perform on opponents.
Now I’m tired and my brain is doing overtime on the moves and edification for the evening… Till next time…
“Taps out for the evening”