Turtle Mount

The turtle mount is a mixed martial arts terms that describes a back-mount position wherein a fighter wraps his or her arms and legs or the, “all fours around the hips of the opponent. This position is used for stability and is also called, “rear mount”.

The turtle mount is considered as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s strongest position. Its main purpose aside from stability is controlling the back of the opponent by using both legs and arms. What makes the said position a powerful one is the fact that the opponent who is captured cannot see the one doing the position and because of this, the fighter doing it will have a strong district advantage.

When a fighter is faced with a self-defense situation, he or she may obtain doing a turtle mount right after his or her opponent turns to his or her stomach. This is done to avoid strikes.

In addition, fighters who use the turtle mount can include a number of combinations including chokes and locks.

Escaping the Turtle Mount

Since the turtle mount is a very strong position that a player can do to defeat his or her opponent, it is vital that fighters know how to escape from it. There are three main tips that can be used.

The first one is to control the top arm of the opponent. This is the one that is closest to the near side of the face. Controlling the arm involves using the baseball bat grip by putting both hands on the wrist.

Second is to put the top of the head against or towards the inner part of the opponent’s armpits. Thirdly is to create and maintain tension on the arm of the opponent using the two points of contact mentioned.

Furthermore, once a fighter is able to neutralize the arms, his or her opponent will have difficulty in executing the turtle mount. Fighters must remember to start moving and escape when the opponent’s arm had been neutralize. There are three escape methods that can be done and these include the sit down, half Granby and stand-up escapes. Doing any of these forms of escapes will require very quick movement and thinking.

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