Posted by on

Did you know that there's a trio of hip escapes?
You're probably using them and you didn't even know.
But, what they are and when you should use them is defining what is the appropriate technique to use at the right time.
Something that's a big step up in your game and milestone into getting your blue belt.
Ooooooo blue belt!
You never stop hip escaping. It could be and should be the first thing you learn and you will be hip escaping well into your black belt. 
So here are the three most common hip escapes you can put into your arsenal with some justification of when you should use them.
1. The Shoulder Escape

The lowest to the mat and used when you are between a rock and a hard place, or your opponent and the mat.

The shoulder level hip escape is thought of as the "common" hip escape and most likely the one you immediately thought of before clicking on this blog. 

This guy is used most when you're in the bad positions.

Hip escape or shrimp from bottom side control

You're being crushed say, in bottom side control or bottom mount because your opponent has you flat, shoulders to the mat. 

You have the shoulder as the pivot point to swivel your hips in league with your top foot and create as much distance as possible.

This hip escape is the bread and butter of your early BJJ game well into your black belt. 

Use it wisely and often. 

Hipe escape from the shoulder

2. The Elbow Escape

The elbow escape is used in some key sweeps and escapes especially when you get used to paying the overhook vs underhook game. 

If you've been swept from half guard or even close guard, there's a high chance your opponent was up on one elbow.

The function of being higher than the shoulder is that there is more rotational torque, hence why this position helps with sweeping.

Hip escape from elbow for scrambles

To gain some leverage to scramble or sweep from half guard, it is a general rule that you either elevate higher than your opponent's hips or control underneath them to upset their balance.


3. The Post Escape

If you watch a really high-level competition and wonder why they're going at it like maniacs over grips and no ones getting ahead in terms of position, I'd wager the guy on the bottom is using a proactive hip escape or the "post-escape".

Higher than the shoulder and elbow escape is the post-escape that uses your whole extended arm to create the possibility of an even higher swivel point to swing the bottom leg under.

Hip escape with posted hand

This is the more proactive hip escape for your BJJ escape game as you start escaping before you're trying to undo a problem.

This is the definition of defensive urgency as you're preventing, rather than curing the bad position you've found yourself in. 

This is a big boy hip escape!

Hip escape to standing or sprawl

Like the elbow escape, the extra space allows for the ability to generate more torque and is the foundation for the undeniably powerful hip heist/bump escape from the guard.

In revision,
Remember the three levels of hip escape and most importantly when you should use them!

Keep your elbows close, stay in the roll and #WriteYourOwnHistory.

Jake Anderson is a Bachelor of Sport Development and Mixed Martial Arts commentator with over 18 years of combined training in various Martial Arts and tertiary education in health & sport. His blogs on the foundations of health and martial arts are dedicated to the communication and education of leading a holistically fulfilling life. 

    BJJ fight Grappling how to do a hip escape how to hip escape jiu jitsu jiujitsu what is a hip escape white belt

    ← Older Post Newer Post →

    Leave a comment

    Please note, comments must be approved before they are published