In this week’s technique of the week, we look at yet another way to get to the back…
That’s right, you heard it. For those of you out there who haven’t quite picked up on this yet, I am definitely a back mount guy. Some guys are side control guys, others are mount guys. Me? Definitely a back mount guy.
Anyways, this week’s technique of the week involves taking the back after your opponent tries to counter one of your guard passes. In this case, it’s the good ol’ X pass (one of my favorites).
Anyways, here’s the video:
Staying Safe From Top:
When your opponent pulls guard on you, it’s pretty important that you start looking to pass their guard right away. Waiting too long to take initiative will result in your opponent being able to set up their guard game and put you in a predicament.
This is why in this video, I am stuffing one of my partner’s legs and I am not letting him set up any type of de la riva guard on me. Like I said, letting your opponent start to set up their game is not what you want.
Also, you’ll notice that I am grabbing my partner’s lower lapel so I can use my elbow to open up his guard and drive my pressure into his hips. Black Belt Rafael Lovato Jr uses this position a lot when he passes the guard and this particular position has helped me a lot with my own guard passing game.
Kicking and Passing:
Now that you have stuffed one of your opponent’s leg in between yours and you are in control, you can now look to use the X pass. The X pass has to be fast and you must have the ability to shuffle your feet quickly.
When you shuffle them, your leg that kicked back should replace where your other leg was at the opponent’s hip while the leg that was replaced should be posted out to give you a good base for your knee on belly pressure.
The Counter Reaction:
Most of the time, your opponent will not just want to reside under the weight of your knee, so they will either turn into you or away from you. Typically, they will turn into you and this is when you can take advantage of the situation by taking their back.
As they turn into you, step over their head, punch your hand to the mat right in front of their hips and swing your other leg behind you like an alligator tail. From this point you can slide your head-side knee up and behind their head while your hip-side knee comes over the top of their hip, allowing you to take the back, nice and smooth.
Black Belt Andre Galvao uses this type of back take quite often. I even call it the Galvao spin sometimes.
In the best case scenario, you might be able to set up some sort of choke from the back in transition, but either way your main goal should be to get on the opponent’s back and get both hooks in.
If you like the X pass and you like the back mount, this passing to the back technique should be a staple in your game!
Enjoy and feel free to comment!