This past weekend at Twisted Fitness in Madison, WI we held our second seminar in our competition technique series. We had a full academy and there was just enough room for everyone to work. This seminar focused on the Passing of 1/2 guard to the 3/4 mount and then continuing attacks to take the mount or back position. The focus was on complete domination of position and high point scores for competition BJJ. We started the seminar off where we left off in the last one, passing to the mount position from 3/4 mount. From there, we worked several different ideas on how to complete the pass to mount, which would net 7 points in a tournament situation. Each situation was dictated by the opponents reaction to the initial pass attempt. This gave the students several options to explore when passing from this position, all of which are very easy to apply and very dominating.
Next was the idea of forcing the opponent to expose his back from the 3/4 mount and we began to tighten up the seat belt position with everyone. Once the seat belt was applied, the back maintenance drill was all that was needed to secure the hooks and the points. This was definitely some technical details for all the competitors. By the end, everyone felt more comfortable with the 3/4 passing and the back attacks from 1/2 and/or 3/4. To top it off, we added in a choke attack when these options fail to work as well as a pass to cross body, which was the consolation prize for not being able to pass to the mount or back position. Once all the pieces were in place, all the students were immediately more comfortable attacking from these positions. We ended the seminar with some competition team training, trying to work the techniques that were just taught. It took only minutes for some of the competitors to see a huge difference in their mindset and attacking ability from positions they were uncomfortable with only a few hours earlier. Thanks to everyone who attended. As the competition season gets underway in only a few short weeks, we will be adding in some more seminars to tighten up as much as we can before Pans and World Championships. Stay tuned!