Mind Blown Module 2 Back Defense and Escapes Q&A

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  1. Eric S March 15, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Henry, do you have any advice on escaping the back body lock/body triangle? In a prior video you’ve shown how to use your hips to submit the opponent’s trapped ankle. Depending on my opponent’s size relative to me, I sometimes have trouble getting into the right position to force my opponent to submit. Are there alternative methods for dealing with the body lock that don’t rely on this sort of ankle submission?

    Additionally, do you have any methods for dealing with the body lock when you are in a belly down position?

    Thanks as always!

  2. David L March 15, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Hi Henry, is there a recommendation on some things to do to prevent RNC and bow and arrow if you are too late with the head movement escape and your opponent is able to lock in the other arm either behind the head for the RNC or grabbing the lapel for bow and arrow? Also, do you have a recommended defense if the opponent on the back looks to take the armbar. Thanks.

  3. Alexander V March 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Henry. Do you have a specific way you like to break the seatbelt control when your opponent has your back, and do you have an escape if he traps your arm with his leg?

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      i dont focus too much on breaking grips, just defend the choking arm then move my body to the correct side to kill my opponents ability to finish

  4. piotr r March 16, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Henry, if you happen to get caught in bow and arrow choke, where opponent gets a perpendicular angle on you and grabs your pant leg for control, what could you do to escape it?

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      I use my hand to break the grip on the pant leg and turn to relieve pressure on the choke

  5. Bobby H March 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Hi Henry, some people use a kimura grip from the back to secure the position, do you have a method for breaking this grip? They can use this to set up an armbar but sometimes they just use it to hold and then switch back and forth between attacking the neck and going back to the grip.

  6. Randy J March 16, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Henry would you please address some of the different strategies that should be employed when strikes come into play. IE you are turtled and escaping but now the opponent starts striking the back of your head. This may be a subject that requires a longer time than what is available on this QA but maybe some basics would be helpful. Thank! Randy

  7. Adam M March 16, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Hi, Henry! Thanks for all the hard work. Would you show the back to the floor escape when the opponent has a harness on you (one arm over your shoulder and the other under your armpit)? Thanks!

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      So for an over under grip you always move your body towards the underhook side away from the choking arm.

  8. michael m March 17, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  9. Neal W March 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Henry, what’s the RNC defense you showed in the sample video? I don’t remember it coming up.

  10. Joshua M March 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Body lock/figure four and belly down with hooks….

  11. Jeff W March 17, 2017 at 4:02 pm


    In module 8 in a question about getting your back to the mat you replied:

    “yes, so If i’m planning on going to my right side I use I extend my left leg out further left to help me drive to get to the side better. The right leg is to help me square up the hips so I can get my back flat to the ground. You’ve heard stories of Rickson tying his hands hands in his belt and allowing people to lock in the RNC and still escape… it was because he’s so good at this movement of using his legs properly to help him get to the right angle to escape”

    Could I get a visual on that? Thanks man!

    • Mohamad H March 18, 2017 at 6:04 am

      Yes I have the same questions as Jeff W, i’ve been getting success with escaping the RNC, with head movement alone(albiet not a fully locked RNC). I’ve had difficulties with the bow & arrow choke once they change the angle to perpendicular to finish the choke. It could be my timing was off, a little too late?
      For escaping the bow & arrow do i need to combine head movement & driving or extending with the legs?

  12. frank s March 17, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Can you show how you deal with a over/under grip when escaping the back from the side an when on all fours

  13. frank s March 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Can you go over your strategy to escape when your opponent has double unders an your on all fours

  14. Jeremy B March 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Hey Henry,

    The turtle escape, or on all fours as you call it, was where I was completely mind blown. I’ve used it a ton in training and one thing I’ve noticed is I can make the guy lose balance, I can control the arm, but it’s when I try to clear the leg that he is always one step ahead of me with getting his hook back in. Any suggestions or tips on what to do if that is the case?

  15. Clint S March 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Hi Henry. Another great seminar. Thank you. I had three questions from unit 6 (cross arm back defence):

    Thing I had most difficulty with was the sitting forward section (at 5.00 minutes). I was sometimes getting pulled back. Is it simply the angle of back to legs (ie an acute angle) to make this work or some other connection I need to make? I feel like perhaps I need to anchor my feet, or is it just my butt, to the floor.

    Also where would you recommend transitioning to from this sitting forward position. Do you recommend the sliding your hips down towards their hooks, or always to the slide (as in units 8-13)?

    Would you mind speaking a bit about defending (& delivering) strikes from these positions, as welll as when you’re belly down. Are there specific principles you employ, or techniques (e.g. body, hand, head position) when strikes are in play? Or is it more a matter of moving through the transitions more rapidly to take less damage?

    Your thought on this are much appreciated.
    Clint (Australia).

  16. Foren S March 17, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Hello Prof,

    can you show us how rickson escaped from the full RNC with his hands tied up? what did he change to get free?

  17. Francisco J March 18, 2017 at 3:58 am

    Hi Henry, I would like to know your strategy/defense/escape from all fours and back when you are in a No Holds Barred situation.

  18. Francisco J March 18, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Henry, how you deal when you are late and the attacker got both lapels to choke on the back?

  19. Jeffrey B March 18, 2017 at 6:19 am

    How does the seatbelt grip affect my escape when flattened out? Am I correct to assume I should turn and look at the arm going over my shoulder?

  20. Jeffrey S March 18, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Hi Henry, great seminar…Someone on my back not an issue now…Lots of great questions; nothing more for me to add here☺️

  21. David D March 18, 2017 at 8:48 am

    So I had a fun time yesterday rolling with some very tough guys. I don’t want to name drop, but one of them was a tad over 300lbs and multi time world champ. I survived his attacks and we spent most of our time with me on the bottom (on my side) and him on top. Now what this guys known for is using his weight extremely well. He wasn’t putting his weight up high, and he remained stationed looking for finishes.

    I was tuck. He had placed all his 300+ pounds right on my hips and for the love of god i couldn’t move anywhere. I was on my side with him riding on top of my hips with my legs underneath, he dropped all his weight on my hips disputed me being up on my side, I was unable to shrimp or do anything. Every time I tested movement sideways, where his body want blocking me, it felt like an invisible force preventing me from moving anywhere. Like if you try to push to magnets together, and the same polarity drives them away, the harder I tried to strip out the stronger that invisible force became. If I did move anywhere I could feel that he was ready to ride right on by my defence. So I just stayed put, but so did he. With that much weight on top, I would have been the first to die being the much smaller guy. He was doing a really good job with his strategy. It’s a wordy question, it’s cool if you leave it for now.


  22. David D March 18, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Sorry, keeping it relevant to back defense and escapes, having so much weight nutrlising my hips, I didn’t want to give him my back nor mount, I thought that by staying on my side, that would have preserved me the best but I still would have died lol. I knew if I had rolled to my stomach I’d be stuck and I didn’t have any ways of turning to get my knees under me. I ended up on my side because durning one of our transitions, I was on my knees trying to protect my space but he connected his hips on my hips from behinds and controlled my legs then proceeded to flatten my out, I just narrowly managed to turn onto my side but from there felt like anything I did would have left me in a worse position. We both waited but he had the better position for conserving energy then I did. I had no answers to get out. Like I said, shrimping for some weird reason wasn’t working, the harder I shrimped, the stronger his pressure felt….. and it felt like he was blocking my lateral movement without having anything in the way. I’m serious, he did this to everyone and we all just lied their and took it lol, no body their were slouches.

    I’m going to try to control people’s hips like that over the next few months to try to figure out what he was doing, it was crazy effective! Super perfect use of his weight and position!

  23. Francisco J March 18, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Henry, do you think that still there is a place for the old school back escape that you put your arm on the side of your head and bredge over the opponent?

  24. Juan M March 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

    What adjustments to the back and back mount escapes do you do in the case of MMA/self defense where strikes are allowed and no gi? Not only to defend the strikes, but my opportunities to use strikes to escape,

    What drills/class activities do you suggest for training the escapes in the course once the individual escapes are practiced that you haven’t mentioned till now?

    Do you have any cool stories that have to do with this modules topic?

  25. Francisco J March 18, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Crucifix position escape (if you think is pertinet tho this topic)

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