Beginning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Mounted Position Strikes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Martial artist Jeremy Lafreniere demonstrates mounted position strikes for beginning Brazilian jiu jitsu.

    Jeremy Lafreniere

    Jeremy Lafreniere is the owner of Capital Jiu-Jitsu, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA company with several schools in the Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Southern Maryland area. He is a student of the legendary Royce Gracie, and has managed to attract to him a number of amateur and professional coaches and fighters. In addition to running Capital Jiu-Jitsu, Jeremy teaches regular group and private classes at several of the Capital Jiu-Jitsu locations.

    Jeremy Lefreniere: This is Jeremy Lefreniere with Capital Jiu-Jitsu.

    I have now achieved the mounted position. Once I achieve the mounted position, I am clearly in a dominant position. I might want to think about some strikes. When I begin to use strikes however, my balance isnt what it was when my hands were on the ground. And so, when I lift up to use strikes, he is going to take my balance away. His elbows are going to remain against the ground but also against my knees. He is going to lift his hips in the air, and now I have no balance, so my hands have to go back to the ground. But my hands will end up closer to his head, allowing him to use his arm to wrap my arm.

    When he wraps my arm, notice how he grabs behind the tricep. Very important thing, he just doesnt loop his arm through, but he physically grabs the tricep. Also for safety reasons, this hand will turn under his shoulder. If I leave my hand out and he turns in that direction, I would break my fingers, or my wrist. So, I turned my shoulder.

    He traps the bicep on the other side as well.

    We are going to start that again, so we are here, his elbows are on the ground, they are against my knees, when I lift up the punch, yes, he takes my balance away, and wraps up and traps the bicep.

    Now, the thing is, he wants to keep his hips off the ground until the very last second, once he is finished trapping my arms. Then he lowers his hips, he traps my foot on this side.

    Now, I am like a table, only, he has taken away two of my legs. When he lifts, I am going to fall. There is nothing else that I can do. Now, he is in the guard posture.

    We talked a little bit about the guard posture at the very beginning. In the guard posture, he wants to keep his hips forward, his head up, and his hands are braced against my rib or my hips, so I cant sit up on him.

    The other thing that he wants to do here is, keep his center of gravity low by sitting his butt on his heels, its very important. So, back over here in the mounted position. When Stuart escapes the mounted position, he is utilizing one of the basic principles of leverage, and thats, taking away a persons balance.

    When I am up, and I go to strike, yes, he lifts his hips, wraps my arm, traps my bicep, lowers his hips and traps my foot. He lifts his hips again and, takes away my balance completely, achieving a new position.

    Stuart is still in a slightly disadvantage, or I should say, I still have a slight advantage on him, with the guard and my legs wrapped around him. But he has gone from being in a very bad position, to being in only a slightly bad position. He has climbed the positional hierarchy, so he has done himself well. Thats the end of this discussion.