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Escape The Knee Bar Against The Toughest Leg Lockers

Escape The Knee Bar Against The Toughest Leg Lockers


Knee Bar Escape by Tom DeBlass

In the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and other grappling martial arts, leg locks are some of the most feared submissions of all time. Leg locks are a brutal way to submit your opponent. What was once seen as a taboo style of play is now the status quo. Almost every high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor nowadays studies and utilizes leg locks. You would be wise to learn leg locks, as well as how to escape leg locks as well. Having these techniques in your arsenal will make you a well rounded Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player.

Today we are going to look at one leg lock in particular: the knee bar. If you are not familiar the knee bar, you can think of it as an arm bar for the legs. In an traditional arm bar, you use the arm as a lever to apply force to the wrist, putting tension on the elbow. In a knee bar you use the leg as a lever, applying force to the heel putting strain on the knee. The principles are very much the same, you are just attacking the lower body using a different setup.

Discover how Tom Frustrates Some Of Toughest Submission Hunters In the Game Daily In Training & In His Active Competition Schedule


The knee bar can be deadly, especially ag  ainst someone who is very good at leg locks. Tom DeBlass is here today at BJJ Fanatics Head Quarters in Massachusetts to demonstrate an effective way to escape the knee bar. If you are not familiar with whom Tom DeBlass is, he is a well respected grappling figure having earned his Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Ricardo Almeida. Tom is a master of leg lock submissions, having employed them in international competition against some of the best competitors to win some of the most prestigious titles.

Watch the video below of Tom DeBlass demonstrating his knee bar escape and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!

Tom DeBlass starts off the demonstration by explaining that you want to clear your knee as fast as possible. In the event that your training partner already has your leg trapped, the first thing you want to do is get your free foot behind your training partner’s top knee. This will allow you to push your opponent’s leg forward, which will make it much harder for him to extend your leg. At the same time you push the leg forward you also want to be pulling your trapped leg out. Now your opponent will not be able to easily finish the knee bar. From here you can keep working to pull your leg out now that you are safe from the knee bar.

DeBlass emphasizes that placing your foot behind the knee gives you better leverage than placing it on your opponent’s butt, especially if you are not that flexible. This technique will work even if you are a bigger guy. Knee bars can be a tricky situation to deal with. You tend to want to panic when someone is putting pressure on your leg. A good knee bar player is not going to hesitate, which means you often have very little time to try and counter. What is great about Tom DeBlass’ knee bar escape is that it is one two simple steps to get your leg into a safer position. If you drill the technique it will eventually become an automatic response to the knee bar setup. So give this one a try the next time you are drilling knee bars. It will certainly be beneficial to have this one in your arsenal for when you find yourself in a sticky situation.

Learn The Techniques That Will Keep You Safe On The Mat - When You Know How To Escape Any Submission

Imagine what it would feel like if you rolled loose. You'd have no fear of any submission because now you know how to get out, you've practiced it and you aren't worried at all. Wouldn't you start to see things better? You wouldn't be tired... Well, this can happen for you. ...

Tom has a particularly offensive game and is always the aggressor, what allows him to be aggressive with anybody and everybody is the fact that he knows he can ESCAPE anything.  Tom has trained with the best in the world for years and has been put in every bad position you can imagine.  He can turn a bad position into a great position and has confidence in his escapes.  This confidence is what allows Tom to do what he does, he knows that nobody can submit him so he has no fear when he grapples!

Tom's escape system is not complex, it is simple and effective. Anybody at any weight, age, gender, height, size, skill level, and fitness level can easily learn and implement this system. Tom is very articulate and has an amazing way of relaying information. He is an amazing instructor and competitor. Don't miss this opportunity!




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