Tuesday, August 16, 2005

BJJ Move #53: S-Mount and submissions

The "S-Mount" is a way to open your opponent up to more strikes and submissions if you already have the mount, especially in a vale tudo ("anything goes") context.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

"S-Mount" and Submissions:

From the mount, get “head control:” put your left arm under your opponent’s head (elbow pointing out to your left, forearm behind his neck, shoulder across his face) and use pressure with your shoulder to turn his head to his left (your right). Getting head control is critical to making things happen from the mount. This means your opponent can only effectively move his hips to his right, which makes it hard for him to escape.
Now, place your right hand on the ground under his left elbow wit your forearm pressed up beneath his elbow, and “walk it” (crawl with your fingers) up towards his head in a circular motion, forcing his elbow up toward his head.
Slide your right knee under his left upper arm to keep it in place. Your right foot is folded under your butt, and the top of your right thigh is pressed under his left upper arm by the shoulder.
Now go to an “S-Mount:” First, lean your weight over your right thigh a bit. With both hands, pull up on the back of his head to keep him from bridging. Now turn your hips out to the right (counterclockwise) so your weight is on your left thigh on his chest, your left leg is bent at the knee and your left thigh lies across his chest with your left sole facing forward. Your right knee points up and right foot is planted on the ground outside his left ear (or: your right leg stays more or less where is was).
His left arm should be stuck up between your legs. From here, you can do a neck crank by grabbing behind your opponent’s head with both hands and pulling up and forward (keep your weight on his chest so he can’t sit up, so his neck will hyperextend).
You can also do an armlock: his left arm should be up between your legs and against your body from when you propped it up on your right leg—just slide your right leg over his face and fall back to your right for an armlock.

Vale Tudo Mount to S-Mount
If you have the mount in a vale tudo situation, slide up high near your opponent’s armpits if you’re going to punch or you’ll be bumped off when he bridges his hips.
With your left hand, press his chin to his left or grab behind his neck—-then you can punch him in the face with your right hand.
When he puts an arm (say, his left) across his face to protect against punches, secure a “giftwrap” hold: Use your left hand to grab his left wrist with your thumb facing his elbow, holding his left hand to the ground. Put your right hand beneath his neck from under his left ear and grab his left wrist with your right hand (thumb faces his elbow, use your thumb for this grip). His left arm is now pinned across his head (“giftwrap”).
Now move to an "s-mount" as above, sliding your right leg under his left upper arm to keep it in place; turning your hips counterclockwise so they face across his body; lying your left leg across his chest, bent at the knee, the sole of your left foot pointing out in the direction past his head; balancing your weight on the outside of your left thigh on his chest.
Punch his face again with your left hand, or hook his left arm, which is now sticking up between your legs, and apply an armlock as above.

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