There is a reason why position is so often stressed before submission. A strong position will maximize your opportunity to finish a fight, while minimizing your risk of taking harm - either by strikes, sweeps, or submissions. A key factor of a good position is also who is taking the pressure of both combatants as well.
In this regard, the back mount with the hooks can fail. More often than not you are on the bottom - meaning you are supporting your opponent's and your weight - tiring you faster. You also run a big risk of your opponent reversing you and ending up on bottom. For the self defense minded martial artist, it is a very compromising position to be on the ground, trapped under your opponent as you can not escape the position yourself. Especially if another combatant jumps into the fray, you will be at a major disadvantage.
Every other dominant position is easy to disengage. Side mount, mount, north south, and kesa gatame can be released in a split second and have a very low likelihood of reversal. This is the reason top MMA fighters like UFC Champion Cain Velasquez rarely use the hooks. Just take a look at the picture below.
Just put yourself in Cain's position. Would you want to put hooks in on a monster like Brock Lesnar and risk him escaping and getting on top?
I know I wouldn't!
It would be a risky move, and fighting is a brutal sport that can quickly penalize you for risks. Some risks are required to win, but why take a big risk when one isn't required?
You might be thinking, "but isn't the best way to beat someone, especially a larger opponent, with a rear naked choke from the back mount?"
Most of the time you would be right. But every situation is different. For example, take a look at the video below:
As you can see, having the hooks not only didn't help Marcelo, but in fact made the slam worse. If he would have detached the hooks, the slam would have never happened. Fortunately for Marcelo this was a grappling tournament and the slam was against the rules (you could only slam out of a submission). But if this was a MMA fight or worse, a street fight, he would be in a whole lot of trouble.
There are back positions that are easier to control, low risk of reversal, plenty of submission opportunities, and much better leverage for ground and pound. Wouldn't you rather choose that option like GSP and Cain did?
A lot of what I'm saying you might perceive to be issues only for self defense and MMA, but you would be wrong.
I actually started thinking about an alternative back control system after failing to capture a medal back at ADCC 2007.
That is World Champion Tarsis Humphries using his turtle guard to find off my attempts at getting hooks in from the back. I was dominating this match. Had top position the whole time, nearly got my hooks in several times, and near passes galore. If there were advantages in ADCC, I would have had a boat load of them.
But Tarsis was damn good at preventing the hooks, and I was so frustrated trying to score here. I remember wanting to stand up and soccer kick him, lol!
What ended up happening was more embarrassing than the photo though. After controlling the bout for 19 minutes, I slipped up and got put to sleep in a rear naked choke. Ironically, he didn't have hooks to setup the choke.
It is like catching the winning pass and then fumbling just feet from the end zone. After the match I went back to the drawing board to work on a new plan. Let's face it, getting the hooks in is not an easy task on a well defended turtle player. They know exactly what is coming, and without strikes, it is much easier to defend.
I watched a lot of wrestling videos, and they have been doing just that the whole time. It is rare for wrestlers to use hooks (riding legs in wrestling lingo), as it is more prone to reversal. One of wrestling's funky stars crossed over with great success utilizing a different paradigm of back control - Ben Askren.
While everyone is worried about getting hooks and defending them, Ben has become very successful by following a more wrestling based approach to back control. Wrist control, hip pressure, Merkle, and hooking the legs from behind the hips are all different ways of controlling a turtling opponent. It is even more effective in fighting because:
This led me to focus on ways of attacking the back without using the leg hooks as the primary control mechanism. As a result, a came up with a simple and effective way of controlling the back that I have called the Back Trap System.
There is a common misconception that to finish a rear naked choke, you need to have a full back mount with the hooks in. This couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, the best rear naked chokes I have gotten were without the hooks.
One of the most powerful things you will learn in this system is how to quickly attack the neck and finish your opponents without ever getting your hooks in. It is unexpected, and very effective. But to make the system more solid, we have a solid trap in place that will allow you to keep behind them and work for the submission or strike against an opponent left with only one limb to defend themselves.
These are just a sampling of some of the techniques covered in the Back Trap System. Altogether, there are 18 techniques that span over 1 hours and 29 minutes of detailed instruction. As always, I include the Back Trap System Mind Map and online updates for free.
I know the question most of you will have at this point: "How Much Does It Cost?"
We have a DVD version available as well for $35 plus shipping and handling, which you can get by following the button above as well.
If you have been following me and my techniques, you will have noticed that I do not teach fancy moves. I don't teach moves that only work if you are flexible, or have a certain body type. I show techniques that work for EVERYONE. The Back Trap System fits that prerequisite perfectly.
Especially if you are practicing martial arts for self defense, knowing the Back Trap System is a MUST. You cannot rely on being on your back on concrete with someone on top of you. Especially if they have friends that want to soccer kick you while you are down. The Back Trap System will allow you to disengage at any moment.
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