How to stay on top of a much larger, skilled opponent

Friday, March 03, 2017

The martial art of Brazilian Jiujitsu has always prided itself on being able to defeat the largest and most aggressive of adversaries with correct technique and leverage, which BJJ legend Royce Gracie demonstrated perfectly in the early days of the UFC.

But now that Brazilian Jiujitsu is so commonplace in training, what do you do when you face off against an opponent who is both bigger and stronger than you but also has the required grappling skills to back it up as well?

Take the mount position for example, although it is highly advantageous and can lead to a plethora of submissions, an opponent who is much larger than you doesn’t have to do too much from underneath to make you feel uncomfortable on top and make you think twice before advancing.

In this edition of No-Gi techniques, BJJ black belt and 2x IBJJF World Champion Emily Kwok  goes through what you need to do to stabilize the mount against a larger opponent.

Throughout the tutorial Emily demonstrates various hip positions, applying pressure on your opponent to keep a high mount, preventing your opponent from shrimping out as well as adjusting to not having a gi to hold onto.

Check out the tutorial below.

Stephan Kesting is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, and has been doing martial arts for over 30 years. He is also certified instructor in Erik Paulson’s Combat Submission Wrestling, a black belt in Kajukenbo Karate, an instructor in Dan Inosanto’s Jun Fan JKD, Maphalindo Silat and Filipino Martial Arts program.  He has also studied Japanese Judo, Russian Sambo, various Chinese Kung Fu systems, Brazilian Capoeira, Muay Thai, and many other martial arts systems.

He is the owner and operator of and Beginning and you can also follow him on his YouTube channel for regular updates.

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