Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Escapes and Guard Defense

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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Escapes and Guard Defense


Half Guard: In the first position of the instructional video, Master Marcus Vinicius Di Lucia and his son, Vinny Di Lucia break down the basic concepts of half guard detailing proper body placement to defend an opponent’s pressure and to execute sweeps. They first show basic sweeps from the knee shield, half guard to x guard sweeps, variations from different sleeve grips and lapel control, then ending with a back take showing various submission finishes.

Escapes from Side Control: Vinny shows proper defense from this position to prevent being smashed with pressure or be put in knee on belly or mount. The first set of escapes start with an inside underhook, bridging, elbow escape going to either recover guard, back take, or takedowns. He then shows submissions and more escapes depending how the opponent is holding side control and counters for when the opponent reacts to your movements during escape attempts.

Mount Escapes: They start off with a bridge and roll from a basic mount, push away when in a low mount, and elbow escaping to recover guard. Vinny also shows how to escape different types of mounts like technical mount or high mount, and then finishes with escapes from the north south position.

Guard Defense: Master Di Lucia explains that you must always be defensive thinking a move ahead of your opponent and always be defending and ready to react in guard. He shows different recoveries, sweeps, and submissions off an opponent’s guard passing attempts from different types of guards.


The Coach

Marcus Vinicius Di Lucia started training in Judo at the age of five. He won several titles such as State, National and International Championships. At the age of 17, he started to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Marcus received a black belt in Judo in 1986 from Master Alfredo Dornelles. He also received a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1992 from Grand Master Fransisco Mansur. He is presently a 6th Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the owner of The Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club (

Vinny Di Lucia grew up training Judo and Jiu Jitsu with his father Master Marcus Vinicius Di Lucia. He also got a chance to train with all of the Beverly Hills Jiu-Jitsu Club instructors, picking up multiple diciplines such as Muay Thai, Wrestling, Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts. He is a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and frequently teaches classes and seminars.


Ratings and Reviews (1)

Bobby Bradshaw

This instructional has great details about guard defense and escapes from side mount, mount, and north-south. The instruction is specific and the techniques are must know moves that will make your jits game better.

Aug 14, 19 06:52 PM

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