SUBMISSION from mount without the gi is often a very different position from HOLDING the mount

SUBMISSION from mount without the gi is often a very different position from HOLDING the mount: Normally when we aim to hold a tight mount we stay roughly aligned with our opponents centerline with our hips over his hips. However, when it’s time to enter into mounted arm bars and triangles we have to climb up high to the shoulders and pivot ninety degrees while totally changing our leg placement (often referred to as S mount). This angle and position allows you full use of your hands to pull and manipulate and the legs and hips to wedge your opponent and prevent defensive movement. This requires some balancing on your part, since you have less base under you, but as they say - nothing risked, nothing gained. Here, Gordon Ryan, master of the mounted position goes to work with hands, hips, legs and angle - you know already what the outcome will be

Pathways to the back - the elbow

Pathways to the back - the elbow: The back is king of positions in grappling. You score maximum points for getting there and you are in a position to attack with the most high percentage finishing methods in the game whilst your opponent has virtually no effective attacking options. There are many pathways to the back - it is the duty of Jiu Jitsu students to study and master them all - but the best one all round and the method you should start with is the ELBOW. If you can get past the elbow - the back is yours for the taking. There are many ways to beat the elbow - you can drag it, duck it, slide by it - they all work well. Here, Gordon Ryan uses an arm drag to beat the elbow in an attempt to take himself from in front of his opponent to a situation where he can get behind him and where everything is easier. When you are in front of a tough opponent, don’t just look at his elbows - see them for what they - A GATEWAY TO THE BEST POSITION IN THE SPORT! Once you make that perceptual change then you can start changing your position to one where you can win!

The mount

The mount: The mounted position is, along with the rear mount, the highest scoring position in Jiu Jitsu. The reasoning behind this is that in a real fight with blows being thrown it is a devastating position from which to throw fists and elbows into a helpless pinned opponent. In grappling without strikes, I definitely prefer rear mount as it does not require strikes to opponent up a defensive opponent (I also slightly prefer rear mount even in MMA and self defense contexts too, but that’s a different topic and there are many people who would disagree with this opinion). Understand that when you first get into the mounted position and you are looking to establish initial control, you typically begin in a position with your hips over your opponents hips. This creates good stability and let’s you use your arms to post out wide on the floor for base. Realize however, that the hip over hip position whilst excellent from a stability viewpoint, will limit the number and type of submissions you can attack from mount. To expand your attacking arsenal from mount and start incorporating your legs into the attacks (armbars and triangles for example), You must now go the extra distance and start progressing up to your opponents chest and shoulders with your hips. In addition you will need ANGLE. Your body must be able to pivot around your opponents shoulders. Gaining the confidence to CLIMB UP FROM HIP OVER HIP TO HIP OVER CHEST and begin forming PERPENDICULAR ANGLE is the key to going from someone who can HOLD someone in the mounted position, to becoming an athlete who can FINISH someone from mounted position. It’s a difficult thing to learn as you have to sacrifice a stable and secure pin for a less stable and less secure alternative, but which enables you to attack far better. Here, Garry Tonon climbs high up on to the chest to get into a devastating mounted triangle position - the result of the position and angle he achieved- and can now go into a very strong submission attack. Getting to mount is great, but your route to mount mastery must involve moving HIGHER UP THE TORSO AND GETTING ANGLE.