Hi all, I have recently switched from sport BJJ to more MMA based Sambo training. I am finding that under striking rules the back mount is far superior to taking the back and lying underneath someone or on your side. Back mount Very difficult for opponent to hit you Reduced vulnerability to footlocks You can flatten your opponent out, trapping his arms and setting up the choke Opponent can't pull your arms away from his neck to defend the choke You can punch the sides of his head virtually unanswered Opponent turns into your mount rather than your guard My first question is, how do you mma guys rate these back positions? Do you always go for the back mount or are you happy to fight for chokes from on your side or back? How would you turn someone from a regular back position into a back mount? My second question regards a sneaky footlock someone caught me with yesterday. I had his back (lying on my side) and he reached down with his top side hand, gripped the top of my top side foot and pulled it towards his abs, digging his forearm across my ankle. Anyone else seen this one? Thanks!