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Here are the 2 techniques to open the closed guard from class this week. The first one, the “Lunge” does not require the player inside the closed guard to stand up. the second on, the “Sleeve ‘n Stand”, does.
Grab the gi above belt and hold. you don’t need to apply pressure. (Keep your elbow on the inside of your opponents leg to avoid an oma plata.)
With your other hand, grab your opponents waist above their hip, and place your elbow inside their thigh. (This hand will be opening the guard and checking their hip.)
Nest, put your knee, on the gi grip side, next to their tailbone.
Open the guard by kicking the other leg back, like a “lunge”, posting on your toes on that leg, and then rotating your heel down as you twist your hips and push with the tailbone knee to pop the guard open.
“The Sleeve ‘n Stand”:
Start this pass by securing the lapels grip, but this time turn your palm so that your knuckle face your opponent and your palm is down. You will be using this hand to keep them down, should they try to pop up as you stand.
With your free hand, grab one of their sleeves by rolling your fingers under the outside of their sleeve and turning your palm up as you close your fist.
Pull this sleeve grip up to your hip, keeping your elbow inside their thigh.
Stand by rocking laterally and planting your sleeve-grip side foot and then stepping up with the other one. (Always step with the sleeve-grip side foot first to avoid the sweep.)
Once you are standing, release the lapels and grab the inside of their knee with that hand.
To open the guard, lean away from the knee as you straighten that arm. Once the arm is locked, lean down on that knee to pop the guard open.
*You must maintain posture or neither of these will work.
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In order to maintain and advance your position from Knee on belly you can do the following, based on what your opponent is doing:
- If your opponent vampires their hands across their chest and tries to protect from the choke, then pull their lapel and their knee up as you move your head over your hips and posture. Think bow and arrow. Also when you do this, move your knee up a bit so that it is right above their sternum. This is not where you necessarily want you knee when you are “riding” knee on belly, but it is a great place to put it when you want to be aggressive and make your opponent react. This is uncomfortable for them and will make them shift, allowing you to capitalize.
- If your opponent tries to hip escape, or roll away from you, apply pressure with your knee on their trailing hip. This will stop them from rolling which every way they are trying to roll. If they successfully hip escape, react quickly and take the back.
- If your opponent tries to push your knee down into half guard, then drop your knee as you cross face hard. Drive your cross-facing shoulder into the top of your opponents neck as you drive into them. As they roll back onto their back, windsheild wiper / riverdance across their body and establish the mount. *If they push your knee down from the mount, go back to knee on belly.
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Here are 3 variations of hitting an armbar from the mount. They all hinge on getting a good cross collar grip, transitioning to the S mount, and finally finishing based on what your opponent is doing with their arms. One critical detail to remember through all of these is that it’s not all about the arm you are attacking. What you are doing with your other hand (preventing an escape) is equally important.
Start Mounted with a cross collar grip with your left hand.
1. Lean over to your right (over your opponents left shoulder). Use your chest and head to to fold your opponents left arm over their face. As you do this slide your right knee forward behind your opponents head.
2. Continue applying pressure with your chest on top of your opponents arms and face as you kick your left heel up under their armpit and establish the S mount.
3. Reach through your opponents arms with your right arm, trapping their near arm, the left arm, and grab your own collar.
4.With your left hand, grab their near leg knee (gi) as your rock down towards their knees and then finally arch your back to finish. Remember to keep your pant-leg grip throughout.
**if they are locking their arms, put your bottom leg heel inside their far elbow and push out. this will brake the grip.
(Alternate Finish – they are keeping their elbows very tight)
4. Reach behind their far elbow and pull it up towards you as you rock forward towards their head as your arch your back to finish. (This is kind of like an Americana arm crank).
(Alternate Finish – they are grabbing their own elbows and your can’t get your arm laced in between theirs and trap their right arm. so, attack the other arm from the other side)
4. With your right arm, reach under their right forearm and grab the top of their right tricep.
5. Lean across their body and post on your left arm as you switch sides, placing your hips under their right arm. Lean back fast for a quick submission.
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Being under the mount sucks and it’s not a good way to win a match. Here are a few escapes from different variation of the mount.
When your opponent is low in the mount, it’s easier to move them because the are closer to your hips. Here’s what to do if they start to attack:
If they are low and are attacking with a cross collar grip.
then immediately grab their gripping arm at the elbow with your cross arm and pull their elbow out away from your neck. This stops the threat of a choke or neck pressure.
Next, reach up and grab behind their attacking arm with your free arm.
Grab the cloth behind their shoulder or armpit if you can.
Buck them hard up over you as you turn your head facing the side of their gripping arm.
Look up over your shoulder on that side as your roll them over you and end on top in their guard.
Sagging Smother mount:
Sometimes people will mount and then try to psychologically wear on you by sagging on you, which has a smothering effect. Here is what to do in that situation:
If low-mounted and trying to smother you
then frame your arms.
Remember to keep your elbows close to your sides as you block their hips with one of your forearms and put your hands on top of eachother on their hip.
Buck up (Upa) as you push their hips down.
As you come down, put them into your half guard and hip escape away from them.
From here, depending on how much space you’ve create,d you can attack any near arms, or proceed to put them into guard.
If someone has the high mount, you can roll them over your body and come out behind them on top.
If they have a high mount
then grab the cloth in their armpits with both arms
Push them up and and extend your arms as you kick your legs up under their arms and hook them one at a time
roll backwards over one shoulder
when their knee is bent, grab a leg around the ankle and guillotine
(this is called the boston crab)
rock back to get the submission
When you are mounted, your opponent is vulnerable to being swept. Your hips are very powerful and when you bridge and immobilize one side of your opponent body, it’s not to difficult to sweep them in that direction.
You are mounted. Your opponent is setting up for some type of collar choke. They have one grip across your lapel.
1. Grab the back of their elbow on their gripping arm. And pull it out away from your neck. (They are gripping your left collar, reaching across your body with their left hand. Grab inside their left elbow with your left hand and pull it out away from you.)
2.Grab the cloth of their left shoulder with your right hand.
3.Trap their left foot against your hip by posting your right heel on the other side of their foot, sandwiching it between your right foot and your hip.
4. Bridge up into them on your right shoulder as you turn your head and look over your right shoulder to the place you are trying to throw them.
5. Roll into the bridge and land on top, in their guard.
(more simple, less grabbing) You are mounted. Your opponent is on top of you.
IF they have an under hook on one side, THEN
1. Clamp down on that arm and wing lock it.
2.Trap their foot against your hip by posting your heel on that side, sandwiching their foot between your foot and your hip.
3. Bridge up into them on that side as you turn your head and look over your shoulder to the place you are trying to throw them.
IF they DON’T have an under hook, THEN
1. Underhook their closest arm and try to flatten it onto your chest.
Go to step 2 and 3 above.
* it is better for you to have the underhook. If they have the under hook, you are vulnerable to the head arm choke if they are Zoran strong.
Great mismatch here. Leo Viera dominates his Japanese opponent. He hits the Kouchi Gari to start the match and then does a great job of finishing with the X choke from the mount. Also notice how he pins the guys left arm with his knee to prevent any defense.
Sorry this video doesn’t have a lame sound track. I’ll try harder next time.
The Arm Triangle(aka Head and Arm Choke) is a great example of a technique that has evolved in recent years. Fighters like BJ Penn, and Thales Leites have successfully used this new version of the Arm Triangle a number of times in MMA matches to finish their opponents.
The major difference is that to finish the choke they use a gable grip as opposed to a rear naked choke grip. Another improvement is that they post the inside knee against the opponents hip. Check out BJ Penn, and Thales Leites applying the technique from a number of different set ups in the videos below.