Mount Bottom Elbow Frames

In the video below I’m going to show you what I think is the most important part to mount bottom survival and escape. If you are doing the things I show in the video you are on your way towards escape. If you aren’t then you are in trouble. It’s as simple as that. The frames I show you are fundamental. This means that everyone has to do them the same way and there is a most efficient and most correct way to do them. The way I will show you is what I consider to be the most efficient and correct.

My coach describes a fundamental as something that everyone has to learn and something that everyone has to do the same way. This is a good measure stick. Jiu Jitsu isn’t like fine art where you know it when you see it but you can’t quite say why it’s good. In Jiu Jitsu there are better and worse ways of doing things and it’s immediately obvious why. That’s the part about it that I like. The immediate feedback mechanism that is sparring is crucial. Through that feedback mechanism and hundreds of live reps I’ve come to believe that this is what you should do with your arms from mount bottom.


  1. Thanks Cane for the informative and helpful article. I’ve been reading your entries for over a year and always refer back to your past articles (such as ‘how to be a great mediocre BJJ student’), they have been especially helpful for me being a new dad finding that delicate balance between family, work and fitting in as much training possible. This can be as much as 3 times a week to once a week (if things get a little too busy). I enjoy how well structured and relatable the content of your articles are.

    I’m based here in Sydney, Australia and started my journey in BJJ a few years ago, fell in love with the art and have been trying to keep it up ever since. I’m not aiming to be a Marcelo Garcia or Andre Galvao (even if I wanted to it would be something beyond my wildest imagination), but am still interested to try some form of competition (just to help in improving my skill and application of the art). And when I competition just a small local comp. As I am only a BJJ hobbyist do you think that would be an unrealistic goal? And do you have any advice for anyone who is thinking of competing but only trains part time.

    • I don’t compete but the people I do know who do compete do so for the challenge and the fun. Never to measure their game. You can control your preparation for a competition but the outcome is out of your hands. I’m not sure if this is helpful advice but it’s all I got. 🙂

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