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03 November 2014

03/11/2014 - Teaching | Mount | Escape to Butterfly

Teaching #226
Artemis BJJ (Bristol Sports Centre), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 03/11/2014

New month, new new position! It's all about mount over November. To start things off, I went with the bump and frame to butterfly, a relatively basic technique. This isn't an option I often go for, but I do regularly use some of the principles, as quite often I'll end up trying to dig my knee through.

First of all you need to get their hips in range. It is more difficult to land this escape if they're still upright, although in that case you would probably go for something else. Knock them forward with a bump, pressing your knee into their back. As soon as they're horizontal, frame your arms into their hips and do a powerful bridge (heels as close to your bum as possible, pushing high, on your toes).

Stiff arm into both their hips, so that when you drop your hips back down, the space you created from your bridge is still there. Bring both your knees through that gap: having been balanced on your arms, they are now balanced on your shins. You can then kick forward with both legs, using the momentum to also sit up. This should put you directly into butterfly guard, where you can immediately sweep them.

If they are still upright, you can still do it sloppily by jamming as much of your knees as you can into the space you create. It ends up being one or one and a half knees, knocking them off to the side at best. Still, that can work too, and will almost certainly be better than staying stuck under mount. It can also potentially give you a chance at moving into x-guard or something like that, circling your outside around to press your foot into their hip. A double-shin sweep could work from here too.

Teaching Notes: Usual things to keep emphasising, which are using your hips to lift them rather than your arms and getting your heels as close to your bum as possible. In longer lessons, I could think about adding in some of those sweep details, and/or combine it with technical mount escapes like I did last time I taught this. There are other drills I could potentially include too. Tonight I went with the butterfly drill and step through, but I could also do the hip switch mid-sweep one. Lots of butterfly drills available, though I wouldn't want to go too heavy on the butterfly stuff during mount month. ;)

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