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The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Technique of the month is Written and Demonstrated
by Gene Simco from
(New York Martial Arts Gym).
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Modeling: Bob Burlingame & Gene Simco
Photos: Chris Lavine
Please note that these techniques
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Finishing from the Mount by Gene Simco|
The mount position is an excellent place to be, but many have a hard time
finishing their opponent from this position. In this article, we will take
a look at one or two possibilities when there are less rules than sport
jiu-jitsu, but our opponent is not wearing the gi.
Most of us who have studied grappling in one form or another can remember
learning the Arm-Bar as one of the first submissions taught to us from the
mount. Against an opponent wearing a gi, this technique is a good idea
since it (the gi) will give us the ability to control him as we make the
space required to perform the technique; it is very hard to perform the
Arm-Bar from the mount without making any space at all and without the gi,
this submission becomes even riskier to perform since it will leave us in a
less desirable position than the mount if our opponent slips out. We've
seen it used in Mixed Martial Arts with some success, so I'm not
discounting it as a viable and effective option; however, once I've
acquired the mount position, I prefer not to part with it until the job is
Without the gi to use as a controlling or choking tool, finishing our
opponent is not always as easy as it looks; we've come a long way since the
days of the early UFC where Marco Ruas could end the fight simply by being
there. Our opponents these days understand where not to put their arms and
the basic principles of escape. Just reigning down strikes is not always
the answer either; it is easy to get sloppy and off-balanced this way,
giving our opponent the motivation and opening for escape. I've seen many
great fighters break their hands by striking carelessly from this position.
So what do we do? Well, the first thing is that we've arrived … yea, yea,
position before submission, so that's done. Now the next thing that most
people miss is as important as getting the position itself: Don't Get
Excited! Calm down and don't start flailing away. Breathe and secure the
position, making sure everything is tight and that you've secured the
position, remembering that there are a lot of good counters to this
position if done improperly. Once everything is secure, there are a lot of
things we can do without compromising our position; let's take a look at
one of these options now.
In the first frame, you'll notice that I'm slapping. This serves more than
just the purpose of embarrassment. I am controlling the elbows for a few
reasons; first, to prevent escape and second to maintain a feel for where
they are so that I don't strike them should I decide to close my fist - you
can easily break your hand this way. If you have the benefit of wearing
gloves, this will REDUCE the chance of finger breakage, but not prevent it
As I slap him to the face, I push the arms that he is blocking with across
his face. This may take both hands and should be done by controlling at
the tricep, where you have the most leverage.
Once I have his arm across, I will then reach behind his head and grab his
wrist, wrapping his arm around his neck or lower face. Once this
is achieved, a few things could happen: your opponent may 'give' his back
and in that case, you will have a nice opportunity to sink your hooks in
(take his back) and slap a rear choke on him (another story) - or your
opponent will stick it out and either try to block additional punches or
try to escape. To prevent escape, it is important that you keep his arm
toward his neck, not letting it slip over his head. Here, those who prefer
to strike can hammer away until he either taps, the ref breaks it up or his
friends start kicking you in the back, in which case, it would be better to
move to knee on belly (yet another story).
The last couple of frames are dedicated to one of my favorite finishes from
this position. I like it because it does not leave very much room for
escape, making it 'safer' in my opinion from both the previous standpoint
and also taking away the chance of breaking my hand by striking. The
finish is simple: place your free hand under his arm and through until it
is across his neck. While pulling up on the wrist you are grabbing, push
the forearm that is across (the side of) his neck down as far as it will go
and then up, like you are trying to lift his chin.
For the stubborn
opponent, add a little body weight for additional pressure and hold on -
one of the most important things about chokes is that you don't let go too
early; I can't count the number of times I've let go only to hear, "you
almost had that".
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