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Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Simple Body Mechanics – Hips 1

Cross Choke from Mount – Pedro Sauer

The other day in class we were working on a cross choke from mount.  The exact technique is shown in this video by Pedro Saurer.  We were working from a position in between what Roger Gracie is showing in the below video and what Pedro Saurer is showing.  It was almost more an S-Mount.

Cross Choke from Mount – Roger Gracie

Both videos give instruction on how to avoid the reversal.  Neither show the concept I want to point out for my Simple Body Mechanics on Hips.  I am a blue belt at present and would never presume to tell two world class black belts what is better technique.  I only want to illustrate at my level what feels best for me.  I will explain how the hips play into it at the end.  First of all I feel like doing the side mount Pedro uses would lose me my position.  It is more advance technique then I have mastered.  I like how Roger Gracie is in mount with his feet cupped on the hips.  You see him finish in competition with this technique.  It has what Pedro points out in his video a good opening for reversal.  I learned in class that if you are being reversed with your hands in the choke all you need do is cross you feet in guard style behind his hips and press them to you below yours.  The end result is the sweep or escape that was going to be a reversal stalls with you both on your side and the guy who was on bottom is now paralyzed and unable to move. You simply finish the choke.  How is he unable to sit up in guard you are wondering?  I was too.  As I went over it in my mind I realized you have to get your knees under you to sit up in guard.  To do that you must bend at a 90 degree angle at the hips.  We always hear about controlling the hips.  The Simple Body Mechanics of the hips is you have to bend to sit up.  If you cannot bend you cannot sit up.

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