Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think.

Why “the back” position is not as good as most people think in MMA or for fighting.

[Update Dec. 9, 2020]
 
I posted this article a couple of years ago on Hidden Jiu-Jitsu and since then there have still been quite a few people who have mentioned how dominant the back position is for Jiu-Jitsu and many people who believe it should be considered the highest priority position to achieve.
 
While in Jiu-Jitsu competition it's arguable, for MMA and fighting I think we have to take a look at how some of the greatest grapplers have actually struggled quite a bit being able to finish from that position.  
 
There was recently a very high-profile fight in the One Championship organization between Garry "The Lion Killer" Tonon and Koyomi Matsushima, which again helps demonstrate the issues I had mentioned in my article. 
 

Garry being a much higher caliber grappler than his opponent, who also has had a tremendous amount of success finishing...
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Update: Mount Maintenance Techniques

Just like I promised, we just added MORE videos to the mount maintenance course so if you haven’t seen them yet, check them out.

In this video I give some details on how to better get your leg under your opponents.
First step is getting your leg to the ground, then once you get your leg to the ground I turn my toes toes towards the ground so when I lift my knee my leg kind of scrapes along the ground underneath my opponents toes and foot. The other helpful detail to getting under is doing a slight side crunch and using your elbow to help push their leg down closer towards your knee.

CLICK HERE - Details to the Elbow Escape

This is a great drill to practice often to keep you sharp on how to maintain your mount against an opponent trying to push you off.  Pushing is commonly taught as bad thing to do when you get mounted and so students after their first few months of training stop relying on this as an escape.


Because of that people stop expecting it and start to lose the...

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