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Escape Back Control In 2 Easy Steps

Escape Back Control In 2 Easy Steps


Learn This Easy Back Escape In Just 2 Simple Steps

It is commonly agreed that in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, self defense, and other grappling martial arts such as wrestling and sambo, that the worst thing you can let someone do in a fight is take your back. When an opponent takes your back, most of your defense in rendered completely useless. The most that can be done is to try and prevent your training partner from submitting you with a neck choke as you work to free yourself and transition into a better position. Often times, for newer BJJ players, when an opponent takes your back it feels like you are helpless. It is only a matter of time until you get choked out, as the battle becomes mostly about trying to pry your training partner’s arms from around your neck. But the good news is you are not completely helpless. There are completely effective ways of escaping from an opponent’s back.

Bernardo Faria has a way of escaping everything. Maybe because he's seen it all, or maybe his methods are so simple that they just work to get out of all bad positions and submissions.


Today we are going to look at a very simple back escape that anyone can learn and utilize in a live roll or competition, even a complete beginner. Watch the video below and then we will break down this easy back escape. Check it out now!

This back escape can be performed in two simple steps.

Step 1: Protect your neck from the arm over your shoulder. You should use both of your hands to secure a grip on the arm. From here you want to bring your head to the mat (it will take some fighting to get there). Once your head is on the mat post your feet on the mat as well.

Step 2: Use your feet to move your body upwards. Now you need to get your shoulder through so you can bring your elbow to the mat. It is very important you get your elbow to the mat otherwise this escape will not work. From here, frame on your training partner’s neck as you perform a hip escape. Once you are out you will need to scramble for either top position or guard.

What I like the most about this back escape is that you use the hip escape to clear your training partner’s hooks. Typically, most back escapes are taught in a manner where you first need to use your hands to clear your training partner’s feet, which gives them an easy opportunity to hit a neck choke – very frustrating. With the technique we learned today, you can focus entirely on protecting your neck (the most important part, in my opinion), while you pull off this escape. Remember, it is going to be a struggle to get your head and body into the correct position to perform this escape. But the good news is as long as your neck is safe from being choked you can take your time and wear down your opponent. So remember this one the next time you are stuck in an opponent’s back control and do not get frustrated! It does not take much to escape.  

Bernardo is a 5 time Black Belt World Champion - think about that for a second.. He’s won five.. - America has only ever won two. So it is safe to say that his escapes are very solid. He knows how to get out of anything and pretty much always does.



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