Fine-Tuning the Basics: Hip Escapes
We all get sloppy over time. We take shortcuts. We forget the little details.
Don’t deny it. If you came into my house, you’d see that I’ve dusted the front of the Blu-Ray player and Wi-Fi router. But back where the cables are? Dust city!
And I bet yours are the same way.
It’s natural, but still, you need to occasionally get back there and polish things up. It’s the same with Jiu Jitsu. Even something as basic as our hip escapes can get dusty over time.
So, let’s do a quick review of the hip escape with Bernardo Faria. Bernardo notes that he will often see two or three students in every class doing their hip escapes incorrectly.
The biggest error he sees is students powering their hip movement with the foot and leg closer to the ground.
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This leg doesn’t have a good bite on the mat and can’t provide much power. The result is a hip escape that doesn’t move you as effectively as it could or as you will need it to move you when you are underneath an opponent.
Instead of shuffling along weakly using the leg that’s against the mat, Bernardo uses the leg that is closer to the ceiling to power his hip escapes. He explains that this leg has a better angle and leverage than the leg that is lying on the mat.
To get a powerful hip escape, Bernardo plants his foot firmly against the mat. His leg is elevated with his knee in the air to get better leverage.
As you watch Bernardo’s demonstration, notice how much stronger his movements are and how much further he is able to move himself when he uses the correct foot and leg.
So, take three minutes, watch Bernardo’s video, and polish up your hip escapes. (I promise it’ll be more fun than dusting behind your electronics!)
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