So yesterday I went up to our BJJ club and I was teaching that day (I'm the assistant instructor there and teach classes whenever our main instructor can't make it) and along the way I decided to go over some mount escapes with the guys. Lately we've spent so much time on half-guard (mostly Kesting's stuff) as well as working guard passes that it seems like everything has been revolving around the guard. We've been doing no gi lately now that its getting warmer here, but since I was going over mount escapes I wanted the guys to wear their gi's so they would have to worry about collar chokes as well. It was just me and three other guys: a guy who is a brand new blue belt, another guy who is pretty brand new to grappling, and a third guy that has wrestled for like 20 something years and coaches wrestling, he actually gives me a lot of problems because of his mat experience and athleticism. I went over the upa, elbow escape, escaping to butterfly guard, as well as escaping to a heel hook/half boston crab and they loved the stuff. But what was crazy was how poor all of them were at escaping as well as riding the mount. The big wrestler guy honestly is incredible at side mount and I have a hell of a hard time escaping, but when he had me mounted I'd be out in literally seconds. None of them could get me off of them unless I really took it easy on them and sort of coached them along the way or showed them the escapes/openings I was presenting. But it makes me wonder, especially after the wrestler said that he doesn't really feel comfortable mounted, is side control better than the mount? I mean, it really feels like these guys either A) haven't been exposed to mounted attacks enough, or B) they just prefer side control. Honestly for no gi I prefer side control over mount a little bit, but I was just shocked how strong they were in some areas and weak in this one area that to me is one of the most dominant positions in BJJ. I want the guys to be well rounded grapplers and not just stick to what gives them the submission. I come from a pretty traditional BJJ background (Rickson Gracie/Pedro Sauer affiliates) and achieving the mount was just stressed over and over again. Thoughts?