This often happens when someone cannot completely pass a protective passage or get out of a fight after a takedown. When you are in the middle of the lower guard, you have one or both legs that control one of your opponent’s legs.
For the purposes of this article, you are at the back (hence, “bottom” in the “lower half of protection”), the opponent’s left leg is between your legs, and your left leg is wrapped around your leg to the left of his opponent. Your right foot is in the shape of scissors or the number four to your left for more control.
From this position, he wants to return to full protection in order to expand his capabilities for self-defense and submission attempts.
One way to do this is to run away with your elbow. He will move your hips a little to the right, blocking and pushing the opponent’s right foot with his left elbow so that he cannot move with you.
When he cannot break out of the lower half of the defender’s elbow, this may be due to one of the following 3 errors:
I cannot get a hook under the lower half of the guard
My BJJ instructor constantly says: “The person who gets the pins wins the game.” This is true from many points of view: upper or lower side mounting, protective butterfly, upper protective environment.
Every time I want the lever to control the body of my opponent, I want my hand to be hooked on his arm and around it. When I try this elbow rescue, I definitely need this lever.
Therefore, before I try to escape from the elbow, I want to put my right hand under the opponent’s left hand and wrap my arm around my shoulders.
If you have a gi, I’ll try to grab your necklace or fabric around your shoulder.
I do not make the right amount of space
When I launch to create space, I do not want to go too far, otherwise, I will lose the level of control that I need from my opponent. To begin with, there is too much space, my move is ineffective (more on this in the third error).
I want to go far enough for my left foot to go out. For some, this is almost nothing. My Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor is 6 feet tall, 155 pounds, with a waistline of 28 “bugs, you can shrimp a lot more than you need before you get too far to control.
I am not thin, not thin and not flexible. I need more space, so shrimp away. This means that I have less error. And this leads to errors.
I lose control of the stuck leg.
Suppose I have a detour before I begin, and I get rid of shrimp perfectly. If I lose control of my opponent’s left leg, the one I caught, he will come out and give my half protection to the upper side of the mountain.
This is not what I want … all my efforts will be completely lost.