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Submissions From the Mount and Technical Mount

Review of the Mount Position

The mount is a dominant ground position where one practitioner is on top of their opponent, straddling their torso. The practitioner in the mount has their knees on either side of the opponent's torso, offering significant control. This position provides the opportunity for effective striking, positional control, and submission attacks. Maintaining balance, weight distribution, and preventing escapes are crucial aspects of the mount. The mount can be achieved from various positions, such as transitioning from side control or during a guard pass. It is considered one of the most advantageous positions in BJJ, offering the top practitioner numerous offensive options while limiting the options for the bottom practitioner.

Submissions From Mount

Most of the following submissions can be applied using both Gi or No-Gi. A few submissions can only be applied in the Gi (or using clothing in a real world scenario).

Ezekiel Choke: Involves coordination of a control hand and a choke hand to apply pressure across an opponents throat.

Gi Ezekiel Choke

No Gi Ezekiel Choke

Arm Triangle Choke: Trap the opponent's arm and head, creating a choke with your own arm and transition from mount to a side position.

Mounted Triangle Choke: Transitioning from mount to a high mount, you secure a triangle choke by trapping the opponent's head and arm with your legs.

Mounted Guillotine Choke: Wrapping your arm around the opponent's neck while in the mount, you apply a guillotine choke.

Cross Collar Choke (Gi Only): Involves gripping of the opponent's collar with both hands and applying pressure across their neck, cutting off blood supply to the brain.

Americana (Keylock): Controlling the opponent's arm, you apply pressure to the elbow joint, forcing it to bend in an unnatural direction.

Mounted Kimura: Controlling the opponent's arm, you isolate the shoulder joint and apply pressure, creating a submission.

Omoplata: By controlling the opponent's arm and leg, you apply pressure to the shoulder joint, creating a shoulder lock.

Armbar: Involves controlling the opponent's arm and extending it to apply pressure on the elbow joint.

Gogoplata: A more advanced submission where you control the opponent's head and neck with your legs, applying pressure to the trachea. Note: This can also be applied as an option from an armbar attempt.

Bicep Slicer: By trapping the opponent's arm against your leg and applying pressure, you can create a bicep slicer submission. Multiple options, but most practical following a struggling armbar attempt.

Wrist Locks: Various wrist locks can be applied from the mount position, involving manipulating the opponent's wrist joint to induce pain or force a tap.

Technical Mount

Armbar: Similar to the armbar from traditional mount, but the technical position offers a different angle for applying the armbar.

Collar Choke (Gi Only): Various collar chokes can be applied from the technical mount position, involving controlling the opponent's gi and creating a choking mechanism.

Ezekiel Choke: Using the sleeve of your own gi, you place it across the opponent's throat and use your forearm to apply pressure.

Bow and Arrow Choke (Gi Only): Control one of the opponent's collars and one of their legs, creating a bow and arrow-like configuration that puts pressure on the neck.

Mounted Triangle Choke: Transitioning from the technical mount to secure a triangle choke by trapping the opponent's head and arm with your legs.

Armbar and Collar Choke

Collar, Ezekial, Bow and Arrow, and Triangle Chokes

Kimura: Isolating the opponent's arm and applying a rotational lock on the shoulder.

Omoplata: By controlling the opponent's arm and leg, you apply pressure to the shoulder joint, creating a shoulder lock.


In conclusion, the mount and it's variation of the technical mount are dominant positions that afford the attacker significant control and leverage over an opponent. These positions present a wide range of submission opportunities. In a future lesson we will develop a flow chart that considers all of the submission options from various positions.

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