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23 April 2015

23/04/2015 - Teaching | Mount | High Americana

Teaching #315
Artemis BJJ (PHNX Fitness), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 23/04/2015

Today I looked at some attacks from high mount, where you've gotten up right by their head. The first option I like to try is fishing out an arm and doing an americana against the leg (though the distinction between americana and kimura gets a bit blurred). Your knees are by their ears, squeezing in tight, causing their arms to cross over their face. For this attack, you need to be able to thread your arm by their crook of their elbow.

Grab their wrist with your other arm, using your initial arm to grip your own wrist (same configuration as if you were doing a kimura from north-south). Making sure your knees are squeezing in tight, bend their arm against your leg for the submission. Be sure to use the turn of your body, rather than purely your arms: you'll get more leverage that way.

If they have managed to hide their arm, swing your torso around so that your ribs are pressing against their forearm. That wedge means you can now walk sideways on your toes to roll them and take the back. You could go all the way until they end up flat on their belly, for what is arguably the most dominant position in BJJ, full back mount. However, if you do that, I'd recommend getting an arm under their neck before you fully roll them over, as it can be irritating to dig your hand in once they are completely flat (after all, there is a reason judoka treat that paradoxically as a defensive position, used to stall for a few seconds in competition so they get stood back up).

My preference is to instead walk them just far enough to get them up on their side. From there, I can then move into technical mount. That then provides lots of options, with chokes, armbars and a back take all available.
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Teaching Notes: I went with the americana against the legs followed by a back take this time, as that seems like a logical combination. If you can't get the americana because they've hidden their arms, the back take should be available. Next time round, unless there are loads of beginners, I think I'll focus a lot on technical mount over the month: I could go through chokes, armbars, back takes and indeed escaping technical mount, so lots of options. It would fit nicely with a month on the back either before or after.

One thing I could have added was blocking attempts to slip out the back. I mentioned that it's a common escape attempt (and what Chris did to me yesterday when I got really high), but not too much on the defence. The main thing I do is just grab the back of their collar to anchor my mount, then wriggle back to flatten them out (as they normally start curling their legs over to push into your armpits).

I could also potentially bolster this lesson with more details on getting those elbows up really high, but then I covered that in a separate lesson. I talked about 'spider-walking' your hands up when you've hooked an elbow, as that can be handy, but I'm not sure that's an area I want to go into depth on this one. Then again, I was thinking that my high mount maintenance lesson could perhaps do with a finish, like a back take. Still early days with this particular lesson, so I need to make sure I take a good look at these notes for next time. ;)

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