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06 February 2014

06/02/2014 - Teaching (Helping Dónal: Side Control to Mount)

Teaching #137
Hit Fit, (BJJ), Dónal Carmody & Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 06/02/2014

Unusual class today, where I won't have as many notes, because I took on the role of an assistant instructor. As both of us turn up to all the lessons at the moment, that means our students at Artemis get the handy benefit of having two instructors to help out with classes. I didn't do any drilling or sparring, just helping students, hence why I'm going to categorise this one under teaching. ;)

We were still going with maintaining side control, starting with a simple drill to take mount from side control. Drive the knee across, fish tail your leg to the mat (i.e., flicking it sideways, to avoid them snatching half guard), then switch to the other side by circling your other leg over their stomach. You should end up in side control in the opposite position to where you began, meaning you can repeat the motion.

Dónal also suggested that before you move to mount, dig your arm under their elbow. From there, swing your torso across to really jam their arm by their head. You can then lock that in place with your other hand, providing you with an easier route to mount. It won't hold their arm for long, but it should be enough time to secure the mount.

Once you've got the leg through to take the mount, hook it back around their legs to drag them towards the side you've just left. That will make it harder for them to muster a defence, due to their legs being stuck. Otherwise, they will be looking to escape to half guard by grabbing your leg: with their legs and their arm trapped, that's going to be tough.

While observing sparring, I was able to pick up a few details that Dónal emphasises which I haven't in the past. For example, the importance of pressing into their neck with the middle of the forearm. The reason he points that out is because if your arm slides and you're pushing with the upper part, they can clamp their chin onto your wrist and drive your arm to the mat.

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