In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, think of shrimping as footwork for when you’re on your back. Essentially, you are using your hips and your shoulders as if they were feet.

Today I’m going to talk about a method to move your body down towards your feet when you’re on your back. This direction of shrimping is the most complex method of shrimping but an important skill to master for any BJJ practitioner.

Shrimping Towards Your Feet

This is the most difficult form of shrimping but it’s imperative for a lot of the escapes that you are going to do when you’re in the bottom position.

To begin, I’m going to start off on my back, with my feet on the floor. Next I’m going to extend my right leg so that is is straight, flat against the floor. Using my right shoulder against the floor, I’m going to turn slightly on the right side of my body.

Now I’m going to kick my left leg up, bringing my hip up to the sky, as I use my right heel to pull my hip down towards my right heel. Now I’ve brought my heel and my hip together, having moved down the mat.

Now I’m going to do the move again on the opposite side. I extend my left leg. I use my left shoulder against the floor, turning my body to the side. Then I kick the sky with my right leg, this will help me lift my hip up off the floor, as I use my left heel to bring my hip down towards my heel.

This is the most difficult form of shrimping. This is an important drill to use if you’re trying to create distance from your training partner.

The video below fully demonstrates what I’m talking about; so, be sure to check it out.

Ritchie Yip
Vancouver BJJ Head Instructor, Infighting Vancouver BJJ

Video: Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Basics: Shrimping towards your Feet

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