A common question we get a lot especially in our beginner classes is “How do I keep the mount?” Although it’s a dominant position to attack from, people don’t feel comfortable in it, so what would you recommend?
First of all, have an understanding of what some of the most common problems are. For instance, the person on the bottom is going to try to escape. Whether their move is technical or not you still have to address them.
An example of this is when you’re staying close to your partner and they start to push you away and being able to swim works at a very beginner level.
One of the most common things that people experience on a slightly more technical level is when your partner takes his hand or elbow and tries to push your knee away to facilitate the shrimp escape. Or the elbow escape. So I can either grab the sleeve or if it’s no-gi cup under his elbow and push his arm out of the way then slide my knee forward. This is so he can’t repeat that same attempt again.
When it comes to trap and rolls, it’s very simple to counter those. When he starts to wrap my arm, you’ve got to react to it. If I don’t react to it and I let him trap it, then we’ve got to go to stage 2 which is to start to shift my weight off to the side. I know he wants to roll me this way so I just reposition my weight without giving up any space of course so that he doesn’t roll me to that position.
The primary objective is to maintain your position in the Mount. Too many people get hung up on I need to finish someone from the mount. The goal is to stay there and know when to bail if you need to. You’ve got to be aware when you’re losing that position you need to let it go and move into to a different technique. To watch our YouTube video click on the link below:
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