I decided to have a break this week from training. However after my last little successful module on closed guard I thought I’d start my research around my next major area I want to improve. Just to be clear, I’m not a youtube warrior and I’m not after anything fancy…in fact I’ll only look for really small simple stuff however I want the little details that make the difference.
So I’ve been doing some research on transitions that end up in the mount, and hopefully setup my favourite submission the Cross Collar Choke. I’m naturally a slow moving guy on the ground and not that flexible. So I’m after nice reliable and repeatable ways to get the mount.
I came across an outstanding breakdown video on Roger Gracie’s Cross Collar Choke that involves an analysis on how he transitions from Half Guard to Mount. Fundamentally what I like about Roger Gracie (and this example) is how he just sticks to basics, and he has them down in such a minute detail that they really work for him.
I’ll give a breakdown from what the video talks about:
- Start in Half Guard, preferably on your opponents left side (as this will eventually set up your more dominate right handed grip for the choke)
- Close the space (which is a problem in itself)
- Get your right hand under their head reaching as deep as possible to grab under their right armpit with your right hand.
- The result should be your bicep is cutting across their Artery and you generate tremendous pressure via a pull push motion.
- Unravel their gi with your left hand and pass it across to your right hand
- tighten the grip by grabbing the lapel deep under their arm pit and lean over them more. Don’t push your shoulder into their face, instead go for a deeper grip.
- Try to get your head inside their elbow (arm triangle setup) or just put your head all the way to the ground beside their right arm
- Turn your hips Anti-Clockwise a bit and straighten your right leg
- Your left leg should be bent coming with the knee coming up close to their butt
- Use your free left hand to push their right knee down so you can pass your left knee over the top of it
- When you finally free your foot bring your right knee high up under their armpit so you can secure a high mount immediately. Do not lift your head off the ground
- Release the lapel with your right arm
- Loosen the lapel with your left hand while keep your head low
- Bring your right arm back around their head and secure the collar grip
- Use your left hand to help adjust the lapel to get a deeper grip
- Crunch down hard with your right elbow onto their chest, raising their head.
- Loosen the gi with your right hand
- Bring your left hand around and under their raised head keeping your left elbow inline with their spine
- secure the second grip and bring over to complete the choke
- Put your head on the mat above their head to finish it
I really like that this set up creates it’s pressure through a pull push action. Like knee ride the end result is more than just your weight being applied. I like that this pass and set up takes away the opponents ability to create space, the only time is at the start after that you have no space to work with. Lastly I like that it gets a dominate high mount immediately, and the pressure doesn’t end until you’ve achieved that.
It should be noted I’ve seen Roger Gracie use his right foot on their hip in high mount to defend the upa. So I think getting the high mount at least with the right leg is also critical to the success of this move.