You never want to give up back control. It’s the most dominant position, so there’s no good reason to transition to another less dominant position. . . unless you don’t have any choice. When your opponent is escaping back control and you know you are going to be incapable of recovering back control, your only […]
Back Mount Defense It’s a sad sequence of events that landed you here, and now someone is riding your back. You’re pretty sure they want to choke you unconscious. Despite your opponent’s clear display of superiority, you still have some good options for establishing a defensive base to use as a launchpad for your escape.
Escaping Mount The Upa is your friend. One of many, for sure, but when someone is sitting on you and threatening your well being, the Upa should be your BFF.
Perhaps the best way a fundamentals student should look at the Knee on Belly (KoB) position is as an attack position. While you can maintain the position for a short period of time, you don’t need long to determine if you have a valid attack or you should be transitioning. In competition, you need to […]
If an attack from side control isn’t happening, it means that the person on offense should be considering transitioning to a better position for more attack opportunities, or the person on defense should be using the successful defensive position to launch their escape.
I’ve never met a white belt that didn’t like side control on top, or dread side control on the bottom. It’s a stable position, easy to attack from, and difficult to escape when your opponent is intent on holding you there. I was one of those white belts until I went to a Phil Migliarese […]
This class covers the fundamental closed guard break and a scissor sweep that takes advantage of it. Done correctly, they are both difficult to prevent, but everything has to go smoothly for each one to succeed.