How to escape the WORST position in a street fight

How to escape the absolute worst position in a street fight
How to escape the absolute worst position in a street fight

When you first start training in the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu, one of the first concepts you will be introduced to is why being mounted is one of the worst positions you could find yourself in during a street fight.

From being punched by your opponent with greater ease to the very real possibility of a third person intervening by stomping or kicking you, getting yourself trapped under the mount in the street can lead to suffering permanent injuries or even death.

In this edition of BJJ self-defense techniques, Brazilian Jiujitsu black belt and owner of Stephan Kesting goes through the basics of the mount position and the many dangers it presents for the person on the bottom while dispelling a few martial myths along the way.

Throughout the lesson you will learn how to get your attacker off balance, the pros and cons of different variations to grip their arm as well as how to get the sweep and get dominant position yourself giving yourself the option to either finish the fight or escape the dangerous scenario.

Stephan Kesting is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and has been doing martial arts for over thirty 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 Jeet Kune Do, 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 in his career.

He is the owner and operator of both and

He has had more than twenty articles published in print magazines like Black Belt, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine, and Ultimate Athlete, and has been interviewed by The Fightworks Podcast and [source:]

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