BJJ Tips: armbar switch from mount

"Mount is the Mecca of the jiu jitsu fighter" Saulo Ribeiro

Whether in MMA or jiu jitsu or of course self defence, being mounted on top of your opponent means you can exert all your pressure and negotiate on your own terms, which is one of the reasons we seek the position when grappling.

The flip side to the beauty and power of the mount is that we become very reluctant to lose it (good thing) and sometimes reluctant to even commit to choke or armbar attacks fearing we might lose the position (bad thing).

So what do we do? The answer I've picked up from the great minds I've trained with has been threefold:

1. Be very tight in your attacks to minimise the opponent's escape chances

2. Anticipate potential reactions to your set-up and be prepared for them (e.g. Anticipate the upa (bridge and roll) escape when you put your hand in the collar)

3. Anticipate potential counters to your finishing move and be prepared for them (e.g. Straightening the arm against the americana shoulder lock can be countered with a straight arm lock)

Here's a beautiful example of that last one. The spinning armbar from mount is a classic attack from mount. Against an untrained opponent trying to benchpress you off, the basic execution is perfectly sufficient to control, lock or even break the elbow. Difficulties arise when you go against a more knowledgeable opponent who counters by folding their arms and hiding the hand you want.

I was taught the counter below from Mr Kurdt George, head instructor at Renzo Gracie Cape Town and student of the famous teacher John Danaher. Unfortunately at the time I didn't have my camera with me so I was very happy to discover this video by the brilliant Jason Scully



Liam "The Part Time Grappler" Wandi

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