Top 5 Secrets to Holding the Mount Position

So you are getting better at your sweeps and escapes and you are finding yourself gaining the mount position more and more often.  But you can’t seem to stay on.  Your opponent bumps you right off.  Here are some secrets to keeping that position long enough to make the submission.

  1. Get up under the arm pits.  Don’t sit up back on the guys hips.  You are sitting on his most powerful lever.  Move up by lifting his elbows and sliding your legs under.
  2. Lower your point of gravity. Don’t sit straight up like you are a cowboy in the saddle.  You want your weight to help hold the person in place. Use your free arms for base.
  3. Lock your legs.  Some people call this “grapevines”.  It involves getting hooks around your opponents legs.  Usually this also has you with your arms out forming the base.  If you can’t hook the legs, another option is crossing your legs under the buttock.  This gives you more stability.
  4. Let the storm pass.  When you first get someone in mount they are going to upa and try to escape.  No one wants to be in mount.   It makes them panic. They will throw everything they have at you to get out.  But in time they will tire and the storm will pass.  If you ride it out before attempting a submission you will have had some time to rest.  Now that they are wore down it is time to look for a submission.
  5. Keep your dominance while looking for the submission.  You opponent my be tired now, frustrated, or even ready to give up but don’t sacrifice your base for the submission.  You can still keep yourself forward under the arm pits and your legs locked.  You could even switch to a forward side mount that gives you more room to look for that coke or arm bar.  Just don’t fool yourself thinking that you can easily cherry pick a submission now.  Maintain your base while looking for the submission.

How To Use The Rear Naked Choke

Gracie Jiu Jitsu Rear Naked Choke in Action

Watch as the security officer puts a beautiful Rear Naked Choke on the man and then puts his hooks in.  This truly is the Gentle Art of Jiu Jitsu put into action.  In the end neither the man or the officer are hurt.  The man has some memory loss which is a symptom of being unconscious.  That will soon clear up and there will be no ill effects.

If more situations could be handled like this what would we need weapons for?  I think the poster of this video labeled it with “brutality” so they could have a flashy headline.  This is on the complete opposite spectrum from brutality.  I’ve talked to people from other countries where they have real police brutality.  It would make them laugh to see this video and think that any one thought it was “brutality”.  The security officer even says to the man that he was warned away 3 times from the property and he just kept coming back.  I think this was handled very well.

Thank you Helio Gracie, and all of those who came after you, that have worked to bring the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to the USA.  Jiu Jitsu is Life and Life is Jiu Jitsu.