BJJ / Grappling Tips: Mount Cross choke - a different approach to relative movement

In BJJ, NoGi submission werestling or MMA, when you pass your opponent's guard, take the side then mount, you have really demonstrated a high level of skill. Mainting the mount position is a skill worth investing a few years into and if you think about it, the only more points left to take* are for the back so feel free to pressure and attack-attack-attack!

There are many types of mount (low mount, S-mount, technical mount, high mount...etc.) with attacks flowing from each grappling position. The cross choke is a staple of mount attacks with the gi (Roger Gracie anyone?) but this is the only place I've seen anyone teach the finish this way around. I love it. The way legendary BJJ fighter and instructor Saulo Ribiero breaks it down in Jiu Jitsu Revolution is just beautiful:

This also made me think, how many other places can this principle be applied in BJJ / grappling? Where else are we insisting on moving our body closer to the opponent when we could just as easily move them closer to us (and vice versa) to affect the technique?

Are you constantly struggling to break your opponent's posture when they're in your guard when you could simply sit up and hug them?

Are you pulling too much with your arms when finishing the head and arm choke (arm triangle / anaconda / Darce...etc.) instead of getting on your toes / knees and pushing into them?

There are plenty other examples, but I won't spoil your fun.

*especially if you go thru Knee on belly to the mount


Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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