Taking the back vs mounting the back

Discussion in 'Grappling Technique' started by Waxwingslain, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Waxwingslain oiseau rebelle

    May 8, 2005
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    Face down in the snow
    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?

  2. ScottErie** Electric Eyes

    Aug 26, 2007
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    one of the goals when you get your back taken is to not end up belly down, so often it is not a question of which would you rather have but what can ya get.

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