Rear Mount

In many mixed martial arts, the rear mount or the position of dominance from the back is considered the best position.

There are many reasons why the rear mount is the most advantageous position. The fighter who succeeds in securing the back position has opportunities to attack the opponent’s neck. Because he has to protect his neck, the opponent cannot retaliate.

Being in the back position and mounting from the rear ensures that the attacking fighter sees and can predict every move that the opponent makes, while the opponent cannot see what the attacker is doing. From the back position, a fighter can also seamlessly make the transition to another pose of submission or dominance.

Taking control from the back and forcing the opponent from the rear mount position are vital skills in MMA. It is a fundamental position that should be mastered, and when it comes to keeping the position, it is also crucial to master several strategies.

To keep the rear mount position, the dominant fighter should use his legs and feet effectively. The action of controlling the opponent’s body with one’s legs and feet is “hooking.” When a fighter has succeeded in doing a rear mount, he should work to keep it by hooking his limbs around those of his opponent to prevent him from turning or escaping.

Another effective way to maintain the rear mount position is to use the seat belt grip.

From the back, the offensive fighter should position his hands in front of his opponent, putting one arm under the latter’s shoulder, and the other arm going over the opponent’s other shoulder. The fighter should see to it that his arm positioned over that of the opponent is the choking arm. He should use it for the rear-naked choke move. The whole action should look like the aggressive fighter is attaching a seatbelt on his opponent from the back.

To secure the seatbelt grip, the fighter should turn his choke hand into a fist. His other hand will go over the fist to cover it securely. There is no need to tighten or squeeze the grip because this will be exhausting. Instead, the fighter in control should only tighten it if he feels the opponent trying to pull out of the grip. He can also press his chin down on the neck of his opponent to generate more momentum and control.

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