Kesa Gatame Escape Leg Hike.mov

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In this video I show an option for when your opponent is keeping his head low in Kesa Gatame. This move does not require as much flexibility as you think and can work well for you even if your opponent has their head very low (although if his head is touching your shoulder or laying directly on your face it may be difficult).

Make sure to cup behind your knee and leave as deep a pocket in your hand as you can. The deeper the pocket the better grip on his/her chin you will have. Once you swing that leg around the face and the hand catches it should be fairly easy to push them away with your leg.

You can typically get one good attempt at this against an opponent who sits low but does not bury the head. If you try it and fail be prepared for your opponent to make life very uncomfortable and up the domination of this position.

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9 years 4 months ago

I was wondering, what if my opponent puts his/her head next to mine, like
in a very closed kesa gatame. How would I use this technique? I was
picturing in my head the image of moving my opponent’s head away with one
of my hands (or both) and then hook his/her head. Maybe it would require
more flexibility, what would you do? Thanks in advance.

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10 years 1 month ago

Nice move. I never thought to get my hand around to under the chin. I had
been doing something similar by reaching under my leg and taking a grip on
the back of my opponent’s lapel. Then I work my leg all the way up over the
head from there. This would probably be easier!

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Great technique. You could easily set the arm triangle after you roll. Just
flatten your hips and lock your hands together and it’s set. I’ll
definitely be trying this.

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