When you take your opponent's back, there really isn't much that he can do. He has very few options in the offense department, and you have a whole bunch. Your success rate at transitioning to your opponent's back from other positions boils down to how skilled you are in jiu-jitsu, and the only way to acquire good jiu-jitsu skill is to put in the hours on the mat. The back is one of the most dominant positions in the sport, but it is a hard position to acquire, which is why it requires so much attention. In addition to knowing how to reach your opponent's back, you must also understand how to stabilize the position, set up submissions, and strike. The goal is to be able to maintain your position and attack at the same time. If you can't do both simultaneously, it will be difficult to mount an effective offense.

Key Concepts for the Rack

✓When you take your opponent's back, stabilize the position by establishing your hooks. Then work your attacks. ✓When transitioning to the back from the turtle position, always establish your nearest hook first. ✓ Keep your hips low when you have your opponent's back. If your hips are high, he might be able to buck you off.

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