Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

Inside the University 357 - Escaping the Technical Mount

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Coming back to his first point, Saulo emphasizes the importance of keeping your elbow attached to your body and using it to block your opponent's hips, and keeping your bottom leg glued to the mat while he's mounted on you. Now when your opponent switches to technical mount and tries to put the pressure on you, bridge to bump him forward, rather than to the side. Now you can hip escape to create the space needed to replace the guard.


Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 356 - Switching Your Hips when Escaping the Mount

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Breaking down the mount escape further, Saulo shows the key details in switching your hips from one side to the other. His initial hip escape is generated by pushing off his top foot to back away from his opponent. After creating some space, he pushes hard off his bottom foot, and quickly swings his body so his hips are facing the other side. Now he is in position to replace his guard.

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

Inside the University 355 - Principles of Escaping the Mount

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Saulo breaks down the key points in surviving and escaping the mount. His first reaction is to get on his side and keep his elbows attached to his body. His bottom leg stays glued to the mat and his top leg keeps his foot on its side to push off the mat. In this position, he is in survival mode and safe from danger. To escape, he uses his top leg foot to push off and make a little bridge, before escaping his hips to replace the guard.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 6 - Armbar from the Mount

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 6 - Armbar from the Mount

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Rafael has the mount, and his opponent tries to bump, so he switches to a technical mount right away, keeping his knees tight to his opponent. He traps the arm tight to his body and secures it by grabbing his own lapel. His opponent now defends by clasping his hands together, so Rafael grabs the sleeve of the other arm and pulls it up. He places his leg under the triceps, leans toward the body to create space and steps over the head to armbar attack position. Next, he pulls the arm to him, extends his legs and pinches them together on the arm. To finish, he uses his other arm to make a "V" with his elbow on the wrist. Now he can lean toward the head to break the grip and finish.

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

Rafael Lovato Sr. Series 2 - Sit Up Sweep to Kimura

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From the closed guard, Rafael opens and rests his leg on his opponent’s hip, and sits up, posting his other side hand on the mat. He reaches across over the shoulder, grabs the elbow and thrusts his hips up and in to sweep his opponent. Rafael lands in mount, and immediately grabs the wrist and locks the Kimura grip. He wipers his way to side control, where he switches his base and steps over the head to finish the Kimura.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 8 - Mount Escape

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 8 - Mount Escape

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Dominyka shows her favorite mount escape, which is especially good for people with long legs. First she bumps her opponent forward by hitting her in the butt with her knee. Then she cups both armpits and rocks her hips off the mat so she can put her feet in the armpits. Now she pushes her opponent off with her feet, and does a back roll to escape. She ends up a kind of reverse mount position, where there will be a scramble for a better position.

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 7 - Gogoplata from Mount

Dominyka Obeylenyte Series 7 - Gogoplata from Mount

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From the mount, Dominyka uses a two on one grip on the forearm to pin her opponent's arm to the mat, and then slides her knee on top of the biceps. Next she swims her arm under her opponent's free arm, and traps it around her waist. Next, she posts her hand and picks her opponent up on to her side, and brings her leg up to trap her body. She brings her leg over the head, resting her shin across the throat and sits back on her butt. Now she drops her hips forward to put pressure on the throat and finish the choke. If her opponent is able to come to the top, Dominyka can pull the back of her head to finish.

Inside the University 335 - Choke from Technical Mount

Inside the University 335 - Choke from Technical Mount

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Xande gets the mount on his opponent, but before he can make any grips, the guy turns to his side, so Xande switches to the technical mount position. Xande reaches under his opponent's arm to open the lapel to the outside, and his other hand comes under the neck and grabs with his thumb inside. Here he has many options to finish the choke, including using his free hand behind the neck, sitting back for the bow and arrow, or staying on the back and rolling through if his opponent rolls.

Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

Inside the University 331 - Four Fingers VS Thumb when Choking

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Xande talks about choking your opponent from the mount, with four fingers in the lapel versus your thumb in the lapel. His preferred grip is with the thumb in, because it allows him to make a deeper grip in the collar. Another detail is that while finishing the choke, he puts his head on the mat to the side of his top hand.

Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

Inside the University 330 - Cross Choke from Mount

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Breaking down another one of his fights, Xande has mounted his opponent, and he defends by turning on his side to block Xande's leg. Immediately, Xande goes to the technical mount and grabs the cross collar with the thumb inside, and flattens him out. Because he didn't feel he had a great grip, Xande let go of the collar to open the other collar, and make a cross grip with his other hand. At this point, his opponent turned back on his side, so Xande moved around, placing his chest on the back. Next he reached his free hand over the head and opened the neck with his forearm to make his second collar grip. Now he could bring his forearm across the throat and go back to full mount to finish the choke.

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 6 - Cross Choke from the Mount

Xande's Abu Dhabi Grand Slam 2017 Review 6 - Cross Choke from the Mount

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Xande has passed the guard and has his opponent mounted. Now it's time to go for his all time favorite choke. Pulling the lapel down, Xande slides his other hand down the neck, with his thumb inside the collar and four fingers outside. Next he traps the elbow and slides to the technical mount position. Here he uses his forearm to open the neck, and slides his other collar grip in place with the thumb inside again. He now connects his wrists with the forearm across the throat, and drops his forehead to the mat as he tightens the choke.

Inside the University 326 - Trapping the Arm while Taking the Mount

Inside the University 326 - Trapping the Arm while Taking the Mount

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Saulo breaks down a key detail about the previous position of taking the mount from the back. After grabbing the lapel and stepping his leg over the body, Saulo stresses the importance of trapping the arm between his elbow and leg, and pinching it tight to his body. By keeping control of the arm, he can neutralize any of his opponent's potential defenses.