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10 April 2019

10/04/2019 - Teaching | Mount | Maintaining high mount ('Horse-riding' mount)

Teaching #851
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 10/04/2019

Sometimes, the person underneath your mount will turn to their front, although normally this will only happen when they're still inexperienced. With a few more classes under their belt, they will only turn as far as their side, prying out your knee with an elbow: as a result, it's called the elbow escape. Either way, the same technique applies to both: shifting to what's known as technical mount. Put your hands on either side of their head, using them as your base points. Putting your weight onto your hands, twist your body, sliding the knee nearest their back up towards their head. Your other heel clamps in tight to their hip. Sit back on the heel behind them, bringing your upper body close to their head. You can then return to the mount position by grasping their opposite elbow and pulling it across their body. Alternatively you might try and take their back, but that's for another lesson.

To attack from low mount is tricky, so you're better off climbing further up, into high mount. As with low mount, you need to be aware of their hip power. To control them, put your feet by their bum, tucking your toes underneath: Roger Gracie points this out as of particular importance. In what you might call 'middle' mount where you're still over their hips, Saulo suggests that you 'ride' their bridges, like you were on a horse. Lean back, then as they bridge, lift up: you’re aiming to move with their hips, rather than just leaving a big space. If they bridge to one side or the other, counterbalance by flinging your same side shoulder back. So, this approach takes a good understanding of timing.

Saulo also recommends against leaning forward, as he feels that gives them more space and leverage to escape. Hence why he leans back instead. Experiment, seeing how holding the head works for you versus leaning back. I think Saulo’s method requires more experience, and personally I feel unstable there, but as ever, I want to offer students choice whenever possible.

The danger of leaning back is when you're facing somebody with flexibility and/or long limbs. They might be able reach their legs over to kick into your armpits, either sliding out through your legs or pushing your over. You must control their hips with your feet, to prevent them from bending their body. Swimming the arms through might help you out here, this time against their legs, depending on how they attack. If they do get their feet in place, I generally grab on the back of their collar, stay really low, then attempt to gradually work my hips back to flatten them out: that worked for me last time it happened.

Teaching Notes: Stop their head sliding up: elbows on shoulders, hands on head, cross face. Be ready to fire knees up, driving off toes. Grab collar if they feel like they are going to slip out underneath.

I stay low. Can also stay high, ride like horse Saulo style, or even hips up like Rickson. But, risk of them bringing legs up. Swim arms through. Also swim if they try to trap arm. I prefer the leaning down low version, but that's pretty much covered in other lessons. Keep teaching this horse riding option? I could also add something about butterfly mount, though I need more details on that to build a whole class around it.

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