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Pushing off my right foot, I rise to my feet and immediately wedge both thumbs to the inside of his hands.

As I break Paco's grip, I pivot in a counter- Pivoting around so I'm facing Paco, I assume my fighting clockwise direction and continue to back stance.

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To break Paco's grip, I step forward with my right leg, drive my hands toward the ground, lean back, and press my hips forward.

I'm in the bottom turtle position and Paco is working to take my back.

rolling to guard turtle escape

In this technique you execute a forward roll from the bottom turtle position to force a scramble, and the goal of that scramble is to pull your opponent into your guard. You're basically getting the hell out of Dodge before your opponent can throw damaging strikes or establish his hooks and take your back. In order for the technique to work, you must roll over onto the shoulder that is closest to your opponent.

I'm in the bottom turtle position and Paco is working to take my back.

Before Paco has a chance to get his hooks in and secure my back, I roll over onto my left shoulder. Notice that I've rolled over onto the shoulder closest to my opponent. This allows me to get my hips to the outside of his body and roll into the guard position.

Notice how the momentum of my forward roll pushes Paco forward, causing him to struggle to maintain his grip.

Continuing to roll onto my shoulders, I elevate my knees to catch Paco in my guard.

I roll all the way over to my back and establish the open guard position.

I roll all the way over to my back and establish the open guard position.

As I roll, Paco's grip is broken and he is forced away from me. I use the opportunity to turn my body into him and capture him in my guard.

Continuing to roll onto my shoulders, I elevate my knees to catch Paco in my guard.

choke defense 101

When an opponent has your back, defending your neck should always be your top priority. If you put all of your focus into trying to peel your opponent's hooks off your legs or get your back to the ground, you will most likely get choked and lose the fight. Protecting your neck has to come first. Personally, I like to figure-four my arms around my neck to close up all the gaps that might allow my opponent to sneak an arm around my throat.

To protect my neck from the rear naked choke, I bring my left arm across my neck as if I am trying to choke myself, hook my left palm on top of my right biceps, and then coil my right arm tight against the right side of my head.

Tony attempts to work his arm across my neck to choke me, but my neck is fully protected. All holes are blocked. From here, I will attempt to escape this compromising position by working to get my back to the mat.
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