Always Remember: A mount is an upside down Closed Guard.

Why do I lose control of my opponent as soon as I try to attack from a mount?! 

If you find yourself asking this question, you’re not alone.

Even though the mount is considered one of the more dominant positions, there are challenges when trying to attack your opponent.

The two primary ways to attack your opponent from the mount are by attacking the neck, and that almost always involves using both hands. (Cross choke, Ezekiel etc.)

And the other common approach involves attacking your opponents arms which requires a transfer from a straight linear top position to perpendicular top position. The only exception to this is an Americana/paintbrush that is easy to see from a mile away.

Both processes of attacking provide a window of opportunity for the your opponent to escape because you are ether committing your arms or shifting your weight off of your opponent when you transition.

So what is the best solution for attacking when you have a Mount?

To successfully attack without creating a window of opportunity for your opponent to escape you must implement two factors.

The first factor is to keep constant pressure.

The second factor is you create an angle.


Always remember: A mount is an upside down closed guard. 

You wouldn’t want your legs loose in a closed guard, so think the same when you are holding a mount position..

Keeping constant pressure on your opponent prevents quick explosive movements, which is very important when going against an athletically gifted opponent.

They may be able to move and bridge, but if you are putting pressure on them, you will be able to slow down their explosive movement to a pace that you can process and if necessary adjust your body to maintain a top position.

The other key principle is creating an angle to stabilize and attack.

An angle creates two advantages.

The most important one is it gives you a better ability to post and bass out, which makes it almost impossible for your opponent to bump you from side to side.

The more they unsuccessfully try to bump, the more they become exhausted and careless with their arms. The attack opportunities become easier and easier as your opponent gets frustrated trying to escape.

The other advantage is that having an angle gives you a quicker opportunity to attack by either positioning to a hurdle mount or slipping around to take the back.

The illustration below shows the exact body positioning needed for an airtight mount game.

For more information on this subject, video clips can’t be found on TRUJITSUs YouTube channel. 



When Both arms captured and your weight is high on your opponents torso you can choose to transition to Hurdle mount, or slide to back control.

to be continued..