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The other answers focus on practicing more. That's obvious, so I won't go into it. It sounds like the freezing here comes from fear. Since you say that you "need to display that [you] know and can execute several different escapes", it seems like performance anxiety. You think you are thinking, but you're actually afraid, and using thinking of your options ...


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There are tons more techniques for escaping mount, but the ones you have been taught are the ones you should focus on. There are several reasons for this. Focus on fundamentals The two escapes you know are arguably the most straightforward and efficient methods of escaping mount. In addition, they both develop absolutely critical grappling movement skills: ...


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Here's a good sequence of things to overcome specifically this problem: Breathe. Practice getting grabbed and making sure your breath does not get interrupted. Move. Practice getting grabbed and moving instantly. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Make sure 1 and 2 happen all the time. Now that you're moving and breathing, figure out what it is you really ...


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I used to play water polo in high school, and some of the lifeguarding maneuvers (such as taking the person under the water with you) can lessen these things. The other thing that worked well for me (especially once I established a reputation for it) is if they are willing to choke you, then they should be willing to suffer the consequences. I would grab ...


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The reason you pause is because you're reacting and reaction is slower than action. You react because you're thinking about what to do instead of doing it. The most valuable tool in your arsenal is your ability to control the situation. When you practice, don't think about the technique; there is no technique. Instead, watch your uke; he'll tell you where ...


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I've been working this recently as I've had a number of issues getting past spider. These two I've had some success with, but still feeling a bit clumsy with it. 1) opponent takes spider crouch a bit, move side to side you look for an opening where you can put your knee on the inside of the leg closest to the mat pin it with the knee, strip the grip swap ...


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This is one reason why various styles have kata/patterns/drills that are performed repetitively. As you do the move during training, you need to be visualizing exactly what is happening - what the attacker did, and what you are doing to counter it. You play this in your mind as you do the move every single time. Doing this repetitively many hundreds or ...


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There are other options, but bump and roll and elbow escaping are the best to spend your time developing. One tip that helped me a lot early on was learning to combine those two techniques effectively. Use a failed upa to set up an elbow escape. There have been some good tips foraging a more powerful bridge already listed, but I think most people have more ...


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You can escape out the backdoor - underhook their legs with at least one arm and rotate to your knees (quickly, or you'll get triangled). You can press them away and tuck both knees in to get butterfly guard. If they have high mount you can reverse figure four them. You can overhook an arm and bridge over the other shoulder. If you have good choke ...


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The freeze comes from having too many options. It's easier to deal with any situation if you've got a few (3~5) options to deal with it instead of a much higher number. For the vast majority of wrist grabs, I find making a fist (less susceptibility to a wrist lock they might follow up with), and moving closer solves it. I'll also go for grabbing their wrist ...


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Look at what your opponent is trying to do with spider guard: Controlling the distance. He wants you in his sweet spot, which is somewhere between his legs extended and his legs bunched up. So, you now have one of two goals, depending on what kind of passes you like. either stretch him out (Get stronger grips on his gi-pants, get your elbows together by ...


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The main thing to do is to keep good posture and not do anything silly (pretty much applies for all of BJJ). Sometimes it feels impossible to eascape from Spider guard as the guy can be that good, so don't feel too bad What I normally do is walk backwards which will move the guy forward taking his head off the floor, at this point he is only relying on his ...


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I am no expert at passing spider guard, but I have some limited success with these two tricks: Get into combat base (kneeling on one knee) and strip his foot off my arm using the knee that is up. In general, the knee is a solid tool for blocking the movement of his leg in order to strip the spider hook on that side. Getting two inside-pant grips on the ...


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Here's something I liked to do when doing bjj, being a flexible guy: If the mounting guy sits up, I would put my leg between his torso and mine, kind of like when rubber guard, but in front of him, then it's really simple to push him away since your legs are so strong. If he's isn't sitting up, i.e., making an s-grip with your hands between his ass, ...


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The honest answer is that I'm not sure what is causing the freeze or how to address it. Like many others, I'm going to assume that this is analysis paralysis. My first answer is probably to relax and ignore the problem; it happens to all of us sometimes. (Of course, I'm not a "street" martial artist; I practice for the joy of it.) But if you feel like ...



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