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03 October 2016

03/10/2016 - Teaching | Mount | Maintaining Low Mount

Teaching #569
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 03/10/2016

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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: I have been uncertain about the format of this for years, mainly as it feels a bit light. I have tried it with the ezequiel added in and with it out. Tonight, I tried something different, doing some 'no hands' drills. My intention was to get people to really use their hips for control. There were lots of smiles and laughing, so that to me says it is worth keeping in. I will save the ezequiel either for its own class, or as part of the high mount session.

In sparring, I was trying some of the material from the Mike Bidwell instructional I'm reviewing at the moment. I couldn't quite get it, so will look again. I also tried Jeff Rockwell's sit-up variation for the trap and roll, which sort of worked, but again I need more testing. I was thinking about teaching that, as it provides something different (the problem I have with the mount and side control months is that I don't always have as much variation of technique compared to guard. However, the BJJ Globetrotter camps have been a big help with that, lots of handy ideas and techniques. BJJ Globetrotter camps are awesome! :D)

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