How to Escape from a North-South Position in Jiu Jitsu

Learn how to escape from a north-south position from Alliance MMA black belt Babs Olusanmokun in this Howcast Brazilian Jiu Jitsu video.


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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art designed to teach practitioners how to successfully defend themselves -- even if their opponent is much bigger and stronger. In these videos, Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Babs Olusanmokun demonstrates the moves needed to master this effective self-defense system.




Escape from north side position. I'm not going to let my opponent put all his weight on me. I mean I have my hands under him like so. And right here, my elbows are sort of framing him. So as he tries to keep his weight down I have my hands and now I'm going to swing my hips from side to side, give me some movement. Here, here, here, and I do a big one to spin around. I face him, I can go to spider guard, which a variation of open guard or I can pull him into my closed guard. The swing of the hips from one side to the other. One side to the other. It can be one, two, three, and a big spin around. I don't have to do ten swings of the leg. And, that is your escape from the north side position.


  • Babs Olusanmokun

    Born in Lagos, Nigeria, actor and martial arts expert Babs Olusanmokun is a 2nd-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Fabio Clemente. He has won numerous Pan American Black Belt Master competitions, earning two gold medals. Babs has taught at two dojos -- The Alliance Jiu Jitsu NYC, his home dojo, and the Beverly Hills Jiu Jitsu dojo in California. He also taught at the MMA gym PKG in Los Angeles.