Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 31/10/2016
Technical mount is useful for maintaining your mount, as per the drill we regularly do where you pull the elbow back up. It also enables you to take the back, with Galvao's method. If you have a collar grip, you can pull them up enough to jam your knee under their shoulder. Use that to get them onto their side. You can now drop back from technical mount, rolling them over the knee you've just stuck under the shoulder, near their head. The foot you had by their hip becomes your first hook, so you just need to bring the second hook over. Cut your knee underneath them to help facilitate that back position.
The same kind of motion works as a method of retaking the back if you lose one hook, so it has some versatility. In the context of retaking the back, the time to use this 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. You can keep doing that from side to side as a drill.
Teaching & Sparring Notes: I emphasised using that knee to get them on their side, which makes everything easier for technical mount. In terms of the other knee, there is the usual mistake of having that up too high and leaving space. Should I be teaching an angle in the knee, towards their legs? Or would that make it mechanically unstable?
In open mat afterwards, Early had a cool technique to show. From reverse scarf hold, get their arm up by their head, securing a sort of guillotine grip around their head. Link your hands, then driving your hip into their armpit, lean back for the tap. This worked great during the open mat, but I had more trouble getting the right spot when I tried it again later. I'll keep playing with it.
For sparring, I continued to test out that ezequiel choke with the gi. I need to be careful of what escape they're trying with that, as it doesn't work too well if they are doing the bump to butterfly. That gives them the space they need to bump you off, so next time I need to settle into a better position before attempting that choke.