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Technical Mount

Andrew Smith is a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt based out of Richmond, VA (Revolution BJJ). He runs BJJ Path, a video tutorial website.

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Technically Speaking

Technical mount in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu often arises from a more traditional mount position, but because of your angle, it can be much more difficult to escape or defend. It's also a great way to avoid a basic escape back to guard, and so commonly used at all levels of BJJ. Here, we'll look at a few simple examples of techniques you can use from technical mount, along with some important details for transitioning into and out of this position.

With the Armbar in Mind

While technical mount can be set up in isolation from the armbar, it is often helpful to consider the armbar as a framework for getting into technical mount.

  • Start by establishing a strong high mount, where you walk your knees up your partner's upper body, until you are able to create an accordion-like shape for their arms, with their elbows flared out. This will force them to make a big mistake when they try to push on your knee: they will need to turn onto their side and fully expose their triceps to your stomach. This is your queue.
  • Start by creeping your back knee up (your left knee, assuming they're pushing your right knee in an attempt to escape). Pinch your knees tight during this transition, and be sure to keep your right foot flush with their hip or rib (depending on how high up their body you are).
  • Next, hook their arm with your left hand and grab their pants with your right. Finally, you can lift your right knee up safely, and execute a final transition to technical mount, with your left foot on the ground for base (and escape prevention!). From here, the armbar finish is a no-brainer.

Entry Without Armbar, and Choke

Starting once again from a traditional mount position, your partner turns to their left. In response, you creep your left knee up behind their head, creating a "pillow" of sorts, and making it all but impossible for them to turn back in toward you, and then follow up with your left leg, basing on the ground with your foot ("stepping" might be a better word than "basing" here).

You have entered into technical mount quickly and efficiently, but without hooking the arm this time. To hit the choke, reach behind their arm with your left hand, feeding the collar to your right hand. Finish a sliding lapel choke.

Another Armbar Option

Once again, you have entered into technical mount as your partner has turned, but this time you don't have the arm hooked (again), but the armbar is still a viable finish. This time, try feeding your right arm through, and grab your own lapel in order to secure the position.

Now, use your left hand to drive your partner's head to the mat while turning them even more severely away from them (think about Bram Stoker's Dracula with Gary Oldman: "Do not see me!"). From here, you can lean toward their legs, creating a lot of pressure against their grip (if they have one), and you can finish a very tight armbar once you sit back.

Understanding

The mount position in BJJ is a very, very tough position, but technical mount takes the attacking base up another level, and makes escaping extremely difficult. You can think of the position as halfway in between mount and a submission, and as you gain a greater understanding of the position, you'll discover your own favorite ways to set up the position, including ways to sweep to get there, making technical mount a very smooth transition from mount, and the connection between technical and S-mount. As always, please let me know if these techniques work for you!

© 2018 Andrew Smith

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