GB Technique : Attacking From The Mount

This week on Gracie Barra Blog we are looking at some options for attacking from the dominant top mount position.

Many intermediate level jiu-jitsu students feel frustrated trying to attack a strongly defensive opponent from the top mount. The student knows that the mount should be a dominant position to hunt the submission, but find it difficult to find an opening when the opponent is tightly clutching their arms.

The good news is that you enjoy a considerable leverage advantage from the mount – which is why the position is considered to be one of the most dominant – and with some tips, your own mount can be a dangerous place for your opponents to be.

Let’s take a look at some of the creative options to attack from the mount by some of the best Gracie Barra black belt instructors.


1)Mounted Arm lock  / Choke combination attack

Prof. Nao Takigawa from GB Japan shows what is probably the most powerful attack combination from the mount – the cross collar choke and the straight arm lock. This is both basic and highly effective even against black belts!


2) Mounted Arm Lock Variation / Variação do Armlock (partindo da montada)

A smart opponent will protect their arms when you reveal that you are attacking the arm. Check out the grip change before switching sides to attack the exposed arm.


3) Finalização Partindo da Montada

Prof. Alisson Kal of GB Muraie teaches a great variation of the Bow and Arrow choke that is a great 2nd attack when your opponent has tightened up and is defending their arms.


4) Arm Lock Variations / Montada Peão

Bet that you have never tried these 2 arm lock variations by Prof. Alisson Ferraz of GB Centro in Brazil. Note how Prof. Alisson applies BIG pressure and uses 2 completely different grips to achieve the submission.


5) Shoulder Lock From Mount / Chave de Ombro

This advanced attack by Prof. Daniel Castelo applies a Kimura like pressure on the opponent’s shoulder to get the tap. Effective when the opponent is trying to hide their arm against a straight arm lock.


What is your favorite attack from the Top Mount position?



See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: No-Gi

GB Techniques: No-Gi

Credits: Mark Mullen 

Gracie Barra Black belt based in Asia