Course: Trap & Roll Escape Mastery

Lead Instructor:  Ryron Gracie
 Access:  Public   Status:  Active   Course:  $85.00
The bottom of the mount is one of the most avoided positions in a street fight, competition and even in our everyday grappling with friends. It’s a position that has many advantages for the top person and disadvantages for the bottom person. The risks of being on bottom of the mount range from exhaustion and panic to being submitted or punched. When you have a very clear understanding of the dangers of being on the bottom of the mount, it’s only natural that you want to learn to defend yourself and learn all the possible ways to escape. This 12-part lesson will give you some great tools and techniques to help you escape the mount.
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Trap & Roll Escape Mastery Intro

The bottom of the mount is one of the most avoided positions in a street fight, competition and even in our everyday grappling with friends. This 12-part lesson will give you some great tools and techniques to help you escape the mount.


A few disclaimers for before you get started!

Lesson Outline

A brief overview of what's to come in the Trap & Roll Escape Mastery Course.

Slice 1: Shadow Hands

When you effectively connect to the top person it makes it very difficult for them to surprise you because you have both sight and feel to read their intentions.

Slice 2: Second Hand

It’s very common for people to do everything in their power to keep their training partner's hand from grabbing a collar when mounted. This is because we are trying to avoid being choked, interestingly enough… focusing on the first hand is what gets you choked, watching the second hand is where it’s ...

Slice 3: Heavy Neck

When someone mounts you and is very low with their positioning, they often want to hug your neck. Sometimes the neck hug is for control and other times its to begin attacking. Either way, we can use their want to hug the neck against them.

Slice 4: Power Push

One strategy for escaping from the bottom of the mount is to introduce random behaviors; the power push is just that. The last thing your training partners expect is for you to push them off the top of the mount. Even though it’s not expected it will be respected, and that’s where we win.

Slice 5: North Move

In a situation where you have decided to close the distance and hug the person’s body from the bottom, sometimes their hands are posted but just out of reach for you to wrap. This is when you will move your opponent north or move yourself north.

Slice 6: Swim Catch

When you are constantly trying to wrap someone’s arm, it can be annoying for the person on top. When someone sees a window to avoid my control of their arm, they often take it. This technique catches your opponent when they are trying to move to safety.

Slice 7: Head Slip

For all your training partners that are fed up with being Trap and Rolled, this is how you will continue rolling them. When they do all the right things to keep from being rolled, they will give you everything you need.

Slice 8: Hand Feed

When someone’s hands are so far out of reach this tells us they don’t want their hands being touched, which is exactly how we are going to gain the most embarrassing control of their arm.

Slice 9: Elbow Anchor

When someone mounts on you and tries to underhook an arm to take away your Hip Thrust Escape, they give you another beautiful escape.

Slice 10: Mount Transition

When you have trouble escaping side control, you might consider allowing the mount and using this escape.

Slice 11: Head Control

Anytime you have an opportunity to frustrate your training partner I suggest you take it. Especially when it doesn’t put you in danger or burn too much energy.

Slice 12: Stage 1

Traditionally you were told to keep your elbows tucked in when you are on the bottom of the mount. Although there is truth to this, there is also a way to grab onto your training partner and really make their life difficult as well as set yourself up for an escape and it doesn’t involve putting yourself in too mu...

Action Steps

To make the most of this lesson, I suggest you take these action steps over the next 6-12 months.

The 6 Factors

The 6 factors that separate white belt Trap & Rolls and black belt Trap & Rolls.

Course Specs

Course Chapters

There are no individual chapters available for this course.

Course Goals

  1. Understand the Course Topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with the drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material

Testing & Certification

There are not currently any tests or certifications for this course.

Lead Instructor

Ryron Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.



Victoria Gracie

Women Empowered Instructor

As a professional dancer and actress for over 15 years, Victoria Gracie quickly fell in love with the art and movement of jiu-jitsu, and its empowering effects on women. As a mother of two daughters, and one of the head instructors of the Women Empowered program, Victoria is committed to teaching self-defense to as many women as possible.