GB Technique : Finishing From The Back

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some submission techniques from the back mount.

Most bjj students are aware that the back mount is considered the most dominant position in the jiu-jitsu positional hierarchy, but oftentimes one can be frustrated when attempting to actually finish the submission once you have secured the back mount.

If your opponent is savvy and knows the defenses to your attack, their hand fighting can frustrate your efforts. Fortunately, there are multiple variations and ways to catch a submission from back mount.

Let’s take a look at some ways to finish from the back as taught by some of the top Gracie Barra instructors.

1) Rear Naked Choke RNC and arm bar combination

The King of Submissions has to be the RNC. Effective against the largest opponents, the RNC remains the most successful submission in MMA and submission grappling. Prof. Joe shows a few fine details on how to combine the RNC and arm bar attacks from back.

2) Bow and Arrow Choke

This might be the most powerful submission in bjj competition at the black belt level. Once you have secured your grips, your opponent has no way to escape and your leverage to apply the choke is assisted by the pushing power of your legs.

3) Bow and Arrow Choke with Lapel / Estrangulamento partindo da Pegada das Costas

This clever variation of the bow and arrow choke gets around your opponent defending their collars. Thread your own lapel through and use your lapel to apply the choke while still using the pants leg grip for bow and arrow.

4) Choke variation from back / Finalização part. das Costas (Parajiujitsu)

This variation of the rear sliding collar choke is known as the “single wing strangle” (translated from Japanese Kataha Jime. The second hand assists the choking hand for additional leverage.

5) Triangle from the back / Triângulo partindo da pegada das Costas

I love this technique! Prof. Flavio Almeida teaches how to secure a triangle variation from the rear mount. You may have seen this move used in a fight scene in the movie “Black Panther”?

What is YOUR favorite back mount submission technique?

See also on Gracie Barra : The Guillotine Choke

GB Technique :  The Guillotine Choke

Credits: Mark Mullen

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia