The mount is unquestionably the best place to be in a fi ght. Once you achieve the mount you must focus all your efforts on maintaining the position. Nine times out of ten, your opponent will fear getting punched in the face and will instantly roll to their knees. If you don’t respond to their roll correctly, you will fall off. Knowing how to achieve the back mount will ensure that you do not lose control and that you take advantage of the opportunity they are creating. In this lesson you will learn how to Take the Back as well as what to do if the opponent begins to slip away from your back mount control. Technical Slices 1. Take the Back • Indicator: Opponent rolls to their knees to escape the mount. • Essential Detail: Effective back hook entry • Most Common Mistake: Ineffective torso alignment while on back • Bad Guy Reminder: Get up on your shoulder, not your elbow • Safety Tip: Remain weightless until partner is on all fours • Drill Orders: Start from mount, take the back, reverse roles 2. Remount Technique • Indicator: Opponent attempts to escape the back mount. • Essential Detail: Effective hook transfer to full mount and constant closeness • Most Common Mistake: Waiting too long to reestablish the mount • Drill Orders: Start from mount, take the back, execute Remount Technique, reverse roles
Of all the techniques in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, the Rear Naked Choke has been responsible for more fight victories than any other technique. Based entirely on effective use of leverage, you can use this submission to defeat an opponent of any size. In this lesson, you will first learn the Basic Application, and then learn the Strong Side and Weak Side variations of this powerful choke. Technical Slices 1. Basic Application • Essential Detail: Hug the “V” using back strength instead of arm strength • Most Common Mistake: Pushing the head instead of expanding the chest • Bad Guy Reminder: Tighten your neck muscles to resist more effectively • Drill Orders: Start from sitting position, one repetition with each arm, reverse roles 2. Strong Side Variation • Indicator: Opponent falls towards the over-hooked arm. • Essential Detail: Quick shot with elbow alignment (punch chin if necessary) • Drill Orders: Start from seated back mount with hooks in, one repetition on each side, reverse roles 3. Weak Side Variation • Indicator: Opponent falls towards the under-hooked arm. • Essential Detail: Controlled switch to choke with the bottom arm • Most Common Mistake: Ineffective neck handoff • Bad Guy Reminder: Keep your core tight to facilitate the technique • Drill Orders: Start from seated back mount with hooks in, one repetition on each side, reverse roles
The goal in a fight is to avoid getting knocked out, establish the clinch, and get the fight to the ground. The easiest time to do this is when your opponent commits to attacking you aggressively. For this reason, it is best to keep the distance and wait for their attack if at all possible. In the event that your opponent approaches conservatively during the fight and you would like to initiate the attack, you can use the “surprise entry” method to establish the clinch.
Technical Slices™ 1) Surprise Entry Indicator: Opponent advances towards you conservatively. Essential Detail: Timing your entry to take place during one of their forward steps Most Common Mistake: Ineffective footwork while stepping back or lunging forward Bad Guy Reminder: Step forward very conservatively and always your partner’s safe distance Drill Orders: Start standing, keep the distance for 2-3 steps, Surprise Entry, control the clinch, reverse roles