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Is it shrimping or is it the hip escape?

Rodrigo Gracie's book, The Path to the Black Belt describes (pp50-51) one of the universal, fundamental grappling exercises essentially similar to what Stephen Kesting shows below. We call this exercise 'shrimping' but Gracie calls it 'the hip escape.'
There's certainly nothing wrong with Kesting's demonstration but I personally prefer the second form below. It illustrates some things that the other video doesn't. I think that 'hip escape' might be a better name because it emphasizes that the bottom man is bridging in order to frame between a shoulder and the opposite, bent leg so that the other (straight) leg can freely swing through. Rodrigo demonstrates it as an explicit bridge, then swing the leg through. The 2-leg pushing form shown above suggests that the purpose of the movement is to slide the butt across the floor, when it is actually intended to free one hip (perhaps so that it can easily slide across the floor). If you push with both feet against the ground then you don't really have either hip free to swing through. Anyone else think this distinction between the names and shrimping forms is interesting, useful, or important?

3 comments:

  1. Noob perspective: Seems to me Stephan's approach is more of a muscling of your bottom across the floor, while the bottom video is, as you said, more about creating space for the free leg to swing through.

    Also, Stephan is raising both of his knees to effect his escape. I'm thinking there would be more opportunities to raise one knee than there would be to raise both knees, depending on how your opponent's holding you down.

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  2. There are a number of different techniques for shrimping/hip escape that are appropriate for different situations.

    For example, if I'm stuck under side control, I'm going to need to really bridge up over my shoulder to create room in order to move my hips. If I don't really use both feet to bridge up and create space, I'll never get out. So, I plant both feet as close to my butt as I can, bridge my hips up and then hip escape BEFORE allowing my hips to return to the mat. If I try to slide under all that pressure, I'm not going anywhere.

    Stephan's technique will be more useful when you're working out of pressure, and also maybe when you're working no-gi, taking advantage of less friction overall.

    Second, I just want to point out that even though in Kesting's video he uses both feet, there is still an emphasis on the outside foot being used. The other foot comes up, but if you look, it's not generating a lot of motion.

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  3. Hey, I found the post I was looking for. I knew I had read from someone a great post about the variety of different types and techniques for shrimping:

    http://www.gringabjj.com/2008/11/wide-variety-of-shrimp.html

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