Week 10: Mount Submissions 101 with Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
August 19, 2021
GB1 Online by Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
This week's Top Mount techniques are part of Week 10 of the GB1 Fundamentals module with Master Carlos Gracie Jr.
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The Top Mount is considered to be one of the most dominant positions to achieve as it has very strong submission opportunities (and 4 points in competition). Master Carlos takes us through the Straight Arm Bar 101 with important concepts for one of the most important submissions in bjj.
To start the video, Master Carlos has an opponent who is inviting the straight arm.bar by strongly pushing away on Master Carlos' torso.
Note the main concept that Master Carlos places his weight on his hands on the opponent's chest which both keeps the opponent pinned flat and makes Master Carlos' legs light so he can rotate into the arm bar position smoothly.
VIDEO 1: Class 10B : Technique 59 - Straight Arm bar
The opponent is tightly grasping their arms to their chest and not giving an opportunity for the straight arm bar. Master Carlos looks for a different submission setup.
Main Concept: Note how Master Carlos uses his entire bodyweight to push the arm to the mat - as opposed to getting into a battle of strength against strength and using mainly arm power to push the arm down. Even if the opponent is stronger than you, they can not overcome the superior leverage and bodyweight of the top mounted opponent. Leverage and efficiency!
VIDEO 2: Technique 60 - Class 10B - Americana or Keylock shoulder lock from Top Mount
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