Marcelo escapes from the Botinha: If your opponent pauses after encircling your ankle with their arm, deliver a kick with your free leg as you slip your foot out of the hold heel first towards center-line. However, if your opponent snatches your ankle as they drop back for the finishing pressure, immediately look to sit-up and come up on top. Interfere with your opponent’s ability to bite down on your leg by removing their outside leg from your hip; you can also grab onto their lapels or even their arm to help defend against the Straight Ankle-Lock. Either work to pull your foot out from underneath the opponent’s armpit and bring it back to safety, or vault over top of their inside leg into the Mount Position.