Biceps control

You never want to place your hands on the mat because your opponent can lock your arm down with an over-hook and start to set up submissions. By pinning your opponent's arms to the mat with your hands, you not only nullify his setups, but you can also begin working to pass his guard. As you create movement and work to make something happen, you will transition back and forth between this position and the regular postured up position.

Cupping my hands over Mark's biceps, I straighten my arms to pin his arms to the mat. Notice that instead of wrapping my thumbs underneath his arms, I have placed them on top of his biceps.

friendship position

I'm sitting in Beach's guard, pinning both of his arms to the mat.

Leaning my weight forward, I place my head underneath Beach's chin.

Coming up onto both feet, I drive my weight forward into Beach's face.

Elevating my hips, I drive all my weight forward into Beach's face. This causes him an ample amount of discomfort. If he reacts by opening his legs, I'm either going to return to my former positioning and reestablish my base, sit down with one knee elevated, or back out and work to pass his guard. Deciding which option to choose depends upon your goals in the fight.

It can sometimes be difficult to open your opponent's legs when he has them locked tightly around you. If your goal is to pass his guard, you must sometimes get creative. What I like to do is come up onto my feet, stack my opponent by driving my head down into his face, and work a little ground and pound. It is a very uncomfortable position for your opponent to be in, and if you manage to land some good strikes, he will most likely try to create separation between your bodies by opening his guard, placing his feet on your hips, and pushing you away. The moment he uncrosses his legs, you have a window of opportunity to stand-up all the way and gain control of his legs or utilize any of the pass

I'm sitting in Beach's guard, pinning both of his arms to the mat.

Leaning my weight forward, I place my head underneath Beach's chin.

Coming up onto both feet, I drive my weight forward into Beach's face.

Elevating my hips, I drive all my weight forward into Beach's face. This causes him an ample amount of discomfort. If he reacts by opening his legs, I'm either going to return to my former positioning and reestablish my base, sit down with one knee elevated, or back out and work to pass his guard. Deciding which option to choose depends upon your goals in the fight.

I cock my right fist back to throw another body hook to Reagan's ribs.

Reagan has his left hand hooked around the back of my head to control my posture, leaving the left side of his body open for punches. I cock my right hand back to throw a body hook to his ribs.

I drive my right fist into Reagan's rib cage.

0 bqdy-bqdy-head q This punching combination is the bread and butter of ground and pound. If you listen closely to a couple of MMA E fights that end up in the guard position, you're bound to hear a comer man shout "body-body-head' to the guy on top.

The reason this combination works so well is because your opponent is forced to block the body shot, and the moment ^ he does this, it creates an opening to land a punch to his face. It is important that you develop other combinations that ^ fit well with your style, but this one must be practiced and perfected. The first two punches to the body are basically 0 set-up shots, the equivalent to the standing jab, and the punch to the face is the power blow.

The one thing you must always pay attention to when utilizing this combination is the arm you're not punching y with. A lot of fighters get so consumed with beating on their opponent's body with one hand, they forget all about the other. As a result, they end up getting caught in an arm bar. To avoid this outcome, you must pay attention to your X opponent's hips. If he starts opening his legs or working for the arm bar, you need to posture up and look to pass.

I cock my right fist back to throw another body hook to Reagan's ribs.

I'm in Reagan's full guard.

Reagan has his left hand hooked around the back of my head to control my posture, leaving the left side of his body open for punches. I cock my right hand back to throw a body hook to his ribs.

I drive my right fist into Reagan's rib cage.

My right hand crashes into Reagan's jaw.

Instead of throwing another punch to Reagan's ribs, which are now protected by his elbow, I throw an over-the-top punch towards his jaw. It is important to remember that this string of punches is done in rapid succession. If your opponent doesn't drop his elbow to protect his body after the second punch, just keep hitting his ribs until he does. When he finally reacts, go upstairs to his face.

Instead of throwing another punch to Reagan's ribs, which are now protected by his elbow, I throw an over-the-top punch towards his jaw. It is important to remember that this string of punches is done in rapid succession. If your opponent doesn't drop his elbow to protect his body after the second punch, just keep hitting his ribs until he does. When he finally reacts, go upstairs to his face.

Reagan starts dropping his elbow to block the body hook, but I manage to sneak past his defense and land another shot to his ribs.

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