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Surprise Your Opponents When You Shut Down Their Escape From The Saddle!

Surprise Your Opponents When You Shut Down Their Escape From The Saddle!


Saddle vs standing, Saddle vs rolling (Lachlan Giles)

Who is Lachlan Giles?  He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation.  Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.

Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti.  Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!


Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017.  He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5.  He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.



In this video Lachlan Giles explores what to do when an opponent or training partner tries to escape the saddle. He spends some time addressing both the standing and rolling escapes. Before addressing the escapes, he starts the video by noting that the triangle of the saddle is not locked up at the knees. Rather it is a better practice to secure the triangle closer to the feet.  The first escape Giles explores is if his training partner tries to stand in an effort to escape the saddle.  Lachlan states that our instinct may be to push away from our opponent. However, crunching tight with our knees is the correct response. With his far side arm he catches his opponent ankle. The movement of crunching and leg control should be sufficient to block the escape. Next, his near side arm catches the heel of his opponent and he locks in the submission. Lachlan notes that it is important to stay curled on our side. Otherwise our opponent may attempt to roll again. For the finish he likes to get his opponent’s toes first and then the heel.  Giles states that it creates too much space to grab them all at the same time. He notes another important detail. If our opponent’s feet is dangling behind us with a lot of space it is easier to catch. Next, in the video, Giles explains what to do when our opponent tries to roll to escape the saddle.  One key is to have a good triangle. His legs are scissoring. The top side leg is pushing down and the bottom side leg is pulling up. Lachlan explains that this should be done at an angle.  Next, Giles states that when the roll begins he pushes down on the ankle of his opponent. This makes it is very hard for his training partner to free his leg. Before the roll ends Lachlan will catch the heel for a tap.

This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!




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