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Get To Your Feet Safely By Using Jiu-Jitsu

Get To Your Feet Safely By Using Jiu-Jitsu


BJJ Black Belt Chad Lyman Has Tips To Get Off The Ground

Being flat on your back is not an ideal place to be in a dangerous altercation. However if you get knocked down in a scuffle it’s an essential skill to know how to safely get back to your feet. To do so you must understand proper spacing, and how to get up into a position that prepares you for the next phase of the conflict. 

Chad Lyman has a black belt in BJJ and has been involved with training Law Enforcement for the most deadly encounters imaginable. Needless to say he is the type of guy you want to learn from when it comes to life threatening situations. Let's take a look at how he uses some basic BJJ to turn the tables on a sketchy attack scenario. 


It’s important to remember that reacting too fast in certain circumstances can be a bad idea. For example if you were to be knocked to the ground by an unseen attacker, getting back to your feet is a good idea, but if you rush into it you may leave yourself open for serious damage. This is where going to your back and working your Open Guard, might be a safer option.

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Chad points out that you should only try to get back to your feet if you have space. Simply trying to stand while you are being attacked may lead to devastating soccer style kicks. To create space from his back, Chad recommends using his own kicks. While it may not end the fight, it could create the needed space to get back to your feet. 

If you are unable to create space by kicking, and your attacker is able to get close to you Chad recommends creating a barrier with your foot against their hip. By attaching to his adversary’s hip, Chad can keep them from getting to a more dominant position like the mount. The mount is where someone is basically seated on your chest, providing little option of defense for the person on the bottom. His other foot starts to hook at the back of his attacker’s leg. This hook could be placed at the back of their knee or the  back of their heel. 

From this position it’s important to note that you cannot stay here for long. The barrier that is created by framing with the foot against your attacker’s hip is quite strong, but can only keep an attacker at bay for so long. Thankfully this position works great against an aggressor who is constantly pushing forward. This forward pressure will lead to a narrow base. Now Chad is able to hook the back of his aggressor’s knee. To complete the sweep he pushes with his framing leg, and pulls with his hooking leg, which forces his attacker to topple. 

Standing up in base is a classic technique that you will likely learn on your first day of Jiu-Jitsu training. Jiu-Jitsu is a deep complex system that is made up of smaller, easier to learn techniques. Chad executes the stand up each time he gets to his feet. The 2:00 minute mark is a perfect example of this staple technique. By standing this way Chad is ready for action as soon as he gets to his feet. He doesn’t need any extra adjustments which is crucial in a real life attack scenario. if you stand too quickly and closely to your attacker you leave yourself vulnerable for kicks. 

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