How Small Fighters Can Hold Mount

A long time ago, I came to the conclusion that no one was going to confuse me with the Terminator. I’m 5’8″, 158ish pounds, and I’m inching closer and closer to the dreaded 40 years old. When I face someone who is significantly younger or bigger than me … which is fairly common … I often get tossed off of mount rather easily.

So what can people like me do to help maintain mount? This is where Professor Ritchie Yip and Grapplearts’ Stephan Kesting come in.

Ritchie is noticeably smaller than Kesting, yet is frequently able to hold him in mount. In this video, Professor Yip goes over two methods he uses to keep larger opponents under his mount.

The first thing he makes sure to do is avoid the bridge-and-roll mount escape, which is particularly easy for bigger guys to do.

How does he do that?

Simple. He moves his head either to the right or left in order to off center himself. Besides stopping the bridge-and-roll, it also allows him to dig under his opponent’s arm.

The second thing he does is avoid the hip escape. This takes a little bit more movement to counter. First, he brings his foot up, then he turns it. Finally, he drags his heel in so he can hem in his opponent’s legs.

You can see all of Professor’s Ritchie Yip’s details in this under-five-minute video he did for Stephan Kesting. Check it out below!



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