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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Standing RNC Escape with the Hook In - Holly Holm Should Have Done This

 

I shared an escape for a standing rear naked choke about a month ago, it's an escape I feel works better then what is sometimes traditionally taught which is the hip throw.

The reason I was looking for a new solution was because I've tried to hip throw once someone has the RNC on my neck and were squeezing extremely tight and with all their body weight going over and their arms squeezing to my neck because my partner didn't let go, it ended up pulling really hard on my neck and I ended up almost seriously getting injured.

My neck was sore for about 2 weeks and I still had to tap.

I used the ideas of how to escape a RNC on the ground and applied it to the stand up position, turning to face your opponent depending on which arm is around the neck.

This past Saturday night we saw Meisha Tate submit Holly Holm because of a failed hip toss to escape and I decided to share my video because I had experienced the exact same thing although when I did it, it was without the one hook being in....

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