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An Effective Solution To A Common Problem In The North South Position

An Effective Solution To A Common Problem In The North South Position


Countering The Roll On Top by Lachlan Giles

Often times when playing in an inverted north south position, it is common for a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu player to roll on top of you in an attempt to flatten you on the mats. This can be very frustrating to deal with, especially if you are relatively new to the sport. If you find yourself struggling in the north south position, this technique is for you. It is a simple, and easy to learn method for countering the roll on top.

When it comes to the north south position, Lachlan Giles is a master. Lachlan is an Australian grappler and black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under John Simon, having also worked extensively with Tyrone Crosse as well as Thiago Stefanutti. Lachlan is known as one of the top Aussie competitors who is active today. The list of Lachlan’s achievements is impressive. Some of his most notable titles are ADCC Asia and Oceania Trials Champion, IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion, IBJJF Pan Pacific No Gi Champion, UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion, Boa Super 8 1st Edition 2nd Place, Boa Super 8 2nd Edition 2nd Place, UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi 2nd Place and more.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion, and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones


Let’s explore how Lachlan Giles counters the roll on top from an inverted north south position. Watch the video below and then we will discuss Lachlan Giles’ technique. Check it out now!

It is common for a person to try and get up from the inverted north south position. You can prevent this by extending their arm across your body, and capturing it directly below your chin. This will prevent him from turning away from you to get up. You also want to wrap your other arm around and grab his chin to prevent him from getting up by rolling into you. When you have the anaconda grip, it is the same thing. When you have this locked in you should be pulling with your hands or elbows depending on what way your training partner is trying to roll. Obviously you want to be trying to finish the choke as well, but this anaconda grip also works well for controlling your training partner.

The goal is not to end up in the north south position again. In the event that your training partner does manage to get up into the front head lock position you will find it hard to finish the anaconda choke. Typically your training partner will flare their elbow out post their hand on the mat to prevent you from tightening the choke. This also makes it hard to roll your opponent. To deal with this, Lachlan Giles immediately switches his grip as soon as he gets to his knees. Lachlan secures a gable grip under his opponent’s arm pit before swinging his leg over the top to finish the choke. If your partner is able to roll through again, you will be forced to continue to work from the north south position. You can work to trap his arms, and again wrap up the anaconda choke to maintain control.

I am sure you can tell this is a great counter to the roll on top. This is one you certainly want to have in your arsenal. It is inevitable that you will eventually end up in an inverted north south position. Often times, landing here can be a scramble as both Brazilian Jiu Jitsu players rush to establish a dominant position. But take your time here and be methodical with your technique. Establish your grips and flow with your partner, depending on what direction he tries to get up in. Once you become efficient at this counter you will realize that even in this bad position you can still remain safe. I hope you found this video useful. Feel free to watch it a couples of times through to really get all the details of the technique. The more details you can pick up the more effective this counter will become. Thank you Lachlan Giles for demonstrating this technique for us today!

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