Knee Elbow Escape

Knee Elbow Escape

Knee Elbow Escape is commonly used in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to escape an opponent’s mount position. It involves using the elbow and knee to create space and establish a more advantageous position. This technique is an essential part of any Jiu-Jitsu practitioner’s arsenal, as the mount position is one of the most dominant and challenging positions to escape from.

Here are the steps for performing the Knee Elbow Escape:

  1. Start lying on your back with your opponent in the mount position, straddling you. Your opponent will likely try to control your arms and maintain a tight position.
  2. Bring your elbow in towards your body and place it on the ground next to your hip. This will create some space between your body and your opponent’s.
  3. At the same time, bring your knee up and place it on the ground near your opposite shoulder. This will create a triangle shape with your body and help you maintain a stable base.
  4. From this position, you can use your elbow and knee to push off the ground and create more space between you and your opponent. Keep your head and shoulders off the ground to maintain good posture.
  5. Once you have created enough space, you can shrimp or crawl your hips out from under your opponent. Shrimping involves using your hips and legs to push yourself across the mat, creating space and momentum.
  6. Keep your elbow and knee close to your body as you shrimp to maintain a strong, stable base. This will also help you maintain control over your opponent’s arms and prevent them from re-establishing the mount position.
  7. Once you have escaped the mount, you can use the momentum from the shrimp to transition into a more advantageous position, such as guard or side control.

Here are a few tips to remember when performing the Knee Elbow Escape:

  • Keep your posture strong and maintain a tight, compact position. This will help you maintain control and prevent your opponent from re-establishing the mount.
  • Use your elbow and knee to create space and momentum, but be careful not to overextend or lose control.
  • Practice the Knee Elbow Escape from both sides to become proficient at escaping the mount from any position.
  • As with any technique, it’s essential to drill the Knee Elbow Escape with a training partner to develop good timing and muscle memory.

I hope these steps and tips help you master the Knee Elbow Escape and improve your Jiu-Jitsu game. Remember to train safely and always listen to your instructor. Happy training!