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Escape The Mount Like A Hydraulic Pump
The Hydraulic Mount Escape From Kris Kim
For most Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players, especially the smaller types, having an effective way to escape someone’s mount is essential for avoiding a submission and fighting to a more dominant position. The hydraulic mount escape is a great way to get you back to your comfort zone, away from being mounted. In the video below we will watch Kris Kim escape from mount using the hydraulic mount escape. Kris is a BJJ black belt under Tony Passos as well as the head instructor for Yongsan BJJ in Seoul, Korea.
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.
Check out the video below and then we will break down the technique!
The first thing Kris Kim demonstrates in this technique is how to break down your opponent’s posture from mount. Often times they will be sitting back, posturing up, trying not to allow you any body contact. The first thing you can do if you are flexible is get your foot up in their arm pit, using their swimming motion and your bridge to break down their posture. Another method if they are sitting at 90 degrees is to grab his belt with your elbows tucked in at your side, keeping you away from the threat of arm bars. With your feet loaded you can bridge and pull at the same time, which will effectively break your opponent’s posture. It is a good idea to have your head turned to the side when doing this technique as he will be moving quickly in that direction. Another way you can break their posture is to get one of your knees into the center of his body behind his butt. From here you can bridge with the opposite foot and use your knee to bump him forward. Notice against he is thrown off balance pretty quickly.
Once you have your opponent on all fours with his hands on the mats, you want to rotate your hands to your opponent’s pelvic bone with your thumbs next to your index finger. Here you want to keep your elbows tucked in to prevent your opponent from scooting. A lot of times in this position the guy on top will try and cut the elbow and pull it up to the outside, placing his knee there effectively stopping you from attacking with that arm. With your legs loaded (feet close to your butt), bridge with your hips and lift your opponent up and off of you. Once your arms are locked up under the hips of your opponent you can shoot your legs and dive your hand through, rotating 90 degrees into X guard. That works well when the guy is leaning way up high. If his hips are lower on your body or he starts moving backwards you can shoot your legs through, control both his ankles and start kicking your legs out at a 45 degree angle, shifting right and left to destabilize his base. If the opponent folds his legs up, a very common technique, kick your legs outwards and try to get his knees to the floor.
There you have it. The hydraulic mount escape from Kris Kim. I think this is a pretty great technique for controlling your opponent from bottom mount. The details that make this effective are first breaking down your opponent’s posture (and the variety of ways you can do this), and having a strong bridge to bump with. Remember to always keep your elbows in tight in order to prevent arm bars. Control your opponent at his hips once you have bumped him. Depending on where his center of weight is determines which direction you should escape in. This is a great trick for any BJJ player of any size and experience so do not be afraid to give it a shot the next time you are in a live roll!
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.