Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 01/04/2016
There are two basic types of mount to choose from, which I call low and high. Once you've achieved mount, I find that low mount provides the most control. First off, you want to immobilise their hips, as their main method of making space is to bridge up forcefully.
Bring your feet right back, threading them around their legs to establish two hooks: this is known as a grapevine. Alternatively, you can also cross your feet underneath (or just near, depending on your flexibility and leg length) their bum, which has the advantage of making it much harder for them to push your hooks off. Your knees are ideally off the ground, to generate maximum pressure. How far off the ground they are depends on your dimensions: the key is getting loads of hip pressure. Another option, which I learned from Rob Stevens at Gracie Barra Birmingham, is to put the soles of your feet together and then bring your knees right off the floor.
Whichever option you're going for, thrust those hips into them. It's important to get into a position where you can thrust your hips down, rather than getting bunched up so your bum starts going into the air. Use your hands for base, where again you have a couple of options. Either have both arms out, or put one under the head (remember, you can always remove it for base if you're really getting thrown hard to that side) while the other goes out wide for base.
Try to grip the gi material by their opposite shoulder, or even better, by the opposite armpit. Keep your head on the basing arm side, loading up your weight there. If they're bridging hard, you can switch from side to side, lifting their head slightly and bringing your other arm under, meaning your remaining arm bases out to the other side.
To do the trap and roll/upa escape, they will need to get control of your arm. So, don't let them grab it and crush your arm to their side. Instead, swim your arm through, like Ryron and Rener demonstrate in the third slice of the third lesson in Gracie Combatives. Be sure to do it one at a time, or you may get both arms squashed to your sides.
Teaching & Sparring Notes: Adding in the ezequiel seemed to work ok, I'll try it again next time I teach this. It would work in the high mount lesson, but then as it's the central attack from low mount, I think it fits better here. I'll also need to pay special attention to whether or not anybody gets confused next time I do this lesson, to make sure it isn't an overwhelming amount of detail.
I got in some more sparring, which is important. I'm still heavily focused on open guard, my weakest area. I'm continuing to test out sitting guard, giving that lower base a try with the elbow down rather than hand. I want to be able to hinder their leg bending and turning, so need to make better use of my own legs, I think. It could be worth giving stuff like single x a try, which I haven't looked into much yet.
I also need to grab their arm if they try to get hold of my head in koala guard. I can then treat it as a similar sweeping platform to de la Riva when you have that arm, with the considerable bonus of not using de la Riva (I've never been keen on that guard, due to the knee torsion and my short legs). The main thing I need is super-specific sparring with the more experienced grapplers here, like Sam. I want to isolate exactly where my open guard defence breaks down.
Also, it was a 100% international class tonight, with people from Norway, Bulgaria, Poland, New Zealand, Australia and me (in my case, take your pick from Turkey, Germany, Belgium and a few others). Which is cool: hooray for immigration and the EU, I guess. ;D