whenever i pass guard, i like to stay in side control. especially with the gi where i can grab the guy's pants/collar, etc and just make his life miserable untill a submission opens up. however, lately i've been experimenting with the mount more and, with gi , its not a problem as there are gi chokes and what not available. but in no gi, if the opponent has his hands down, preventing u from reaching high mount, its damn near impossible to submit him. the points are great if you're into that game, but whatelse can you do if his hands are down? thanks.