Munegatame (chest hold) is the second osaekomi that we teach in judo, and the bridge&roll escape that is associated with it is one of the easiest bridge&roll escapes to get working, but sometimes students still have trouble getting a handle on this escape, so here is an explicit recipe for producing a bridge&roll escape from munegatame in practice.
- feet tight under your butt and elbows close as possible to your chest.
- bridge with both feet straight up to create space under you.
- turn onto your side, facing uke
- bottom elbow under uke's hips and top hand over uke's shoulder
- shrimp 2-3 times directly away from uke while pushing/holding him in place
- when uke climbs back on top, hold his head to the mat with your top arm
- bridge straight up with both feet and push uke's hips over your head with your bottom elbow.
- scramble on top of uke.
...and some general practice hints...
- Practice getting all the steps in. Work for mechanical precision, as if you were a bridge&roll machine that is designed and programmed specifically to tear apart this particular hold-down.
- Repeat each step several times, then add the next step, repeating all previous steps.
- Practice with moderate-to-light resistance at first and build up toward heavy resistance over the course of weeks-to-months.
- When drilling, allow uke to get all the way into the hold and start from a dead standstill, but when applying the escape in randori or shiai, do not wait for the opponent to set the hold 100%
... and a video of Nick and Damon demonstrating the bridge&roll from mune with only slight differences from my recipe...
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