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16 May 2016

16/05/2016 - Teaching | The Back | Reclaiming the Back

Teaching #511
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 11/05/2016

In the context of retaking the back, the time to use the Andre Galvao technical mount back take is is before they get their shoulders to the mat. They've managed to clear one of your hooks and started bringing their hips over. Before they can get their shoulders to the mat, press your chest into their shoulder and roll them onto their side, in the direction they were escaping. You'll probably need to balance on your shoulder and head to get into the right position.

As they have cleared one of your legs, you should be able to then slide that knee behind their head (you might need to post on an arm, but see if you can do it without releasing your seatbelt grip). Sit back and roll them over your knee, then re-establish your second hook (note that in sparring, this will almost certainly be blocked, but that's for another class). You can keep doing that from side to side as a drill.

To go from technical mount to the back, the motion is the same, but you are in a more stable starting position. Simply drop back from technical mount, rolling them over the knee you have near your head. The foot you had by their hip becomes your first hook, so you just need to bring the second hook over. That can be easier said than done, which is why we'll be discussing some methods on getting that second hook into play as part of a future lesson.

If you lose both hooks, as long as you maintain your seat belt you're still in control. Staying low, walking your feet around, until you are belly down, your legs pointing out directly opposite to their legs so that your bodies are in line. Walk your knees towards them, which should push them into an upright sitting position. From there, bring your hook over, or you could step on their thigh if necessary. You can then retake the back.

Should they manage to dislodge your first attempt, you can just keep doing that walk around. However, you need to have the seatbelt: this demonstrates why having that seatbelt grip is more important than having the hooks. It is much harder to re-establish your seat belt if they dislodge your arms.

When you are no longer behind them with the seat belt and they've managed to put their shoulders onto the mat, you have lost the back at this point. It will be tough to regain your back mount from here, especially if they've moved over your leg. As soon as you feel their bum move past your knee, bring your remaining hook over their body and clamp the heel to their far hip. Make sure it is providing you with enough control that they can't simply shrug you off. Pull out your elbow for base, then turn and slide through into mount, using your heel for leverage.
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Teaching Notes: I wasn't sure if this was a bit too much for one class, but it seemed to all fit in ok, judging by how well the class picked it up. The last part isn't essential I guess, so I could leave that out, though as people picked it up ok, I'll see if I want to keep it there next time. There is also the whole Marcelo maintenance lesson I do that's useful, hip thrust and single hook control etc. Does it fit better there?

I'm off to Cuba for a couple of weeks now, so I'm looking forward to getting all my injuries healed up in the sun. Should be ready to go once I get back, then it's the BJJ Globetrotter camp not long after. Yay! :D

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