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How To Secure Mount No Matter What They Do With Chael Sonnen
Taking The Mount Countering The Bridge by Chael Sonnen
Any seasoned grappler will tell you that no technique works 100 percent of the time. If you hesitate, even for a second or your position is not secure, it often ends in a failed technique. Today Chael Sonnen is here with us to demonstrate how to take the mount and counter your opponent’s bridge. Chael Sonnen is a UFC vet, currently competing in the heavy weight division of Bellator MMA. He has been a professional competitor since 1997 and has also fought in the UFC, WEC, and Pancrase. If you have done Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for any length of time you will know that the mount can be a very powerful position to dominate, control and submit your opponent. However, it requires good technique to be able to defend against your training partner’s counter. It is very common for the guy on bottom to try and bridge to bump you. Watch the video below of Chael Sonnen demonstrating how to take the mount while countering the bridge and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!
Chael's approach to grappling comes from years of competing at the highest levels of wrestling, submission grappling and MMA. His common sense approach to jiu-jitsu / grappling is a refreshing approach to new and experienced grapplers to refine their game in a way that "makes sense".
Chael starts off this demonstration from top full guard. It is very important to remember not to hesitate. You do not want to give your training partner and opportunity to set up a defense. Chael posts on his training partner’s chest and stands to break the guard. From here he is able to get one knee flat on the mat. As soon as the knee touches the mat, Chael is looks to pin the opposite side arm of his training partner. Pay attention to the different ways Chael demonstrates how to control the arm. There are a few options, it does not matter which one you do, because your training partner’s instinct will be to bridge in order to create space and bump you. As soon as you feel your training partner buck, you want to step over with your leg. Remember, you need to be quick when you do this. As soon as you step over you can hook your opponent’s leg. Now you are in a very strong and dominant position.
Chael shares with us a very important detail about the mount position. In any form of combat, when you end up in the mount you want to touch your heels together and arch your back to push your hips in. You do not want to be lazy and just lay on top of your opponent because that is how you get swept easily. With the technique Chael Sonnen demonstrates you create a lot of pressure on your opponent and make it difficult for them to try and bump you off. It is equally important to lift your opponent’s head up off the mat. This takes away all his power to explode, allowing you to stay in the mount position for as long as you need to.
As you can tell, Chael Sonnen uses quick and explosive techniques to move around and control his opponent. If you have watched any of Chael’s video demonstrations (we have many available on BJJ Fanatics), you will note that he always emphasizes speed and movement. If you hesitate your opponent will have an opportunity to counter. You want to try and do as many moves in a series as possible without giving your training partner a single move. By immediately breaking the guard and controlling the arm, Chael gives himself an instant opportunity to get to the mount. From here, his mount is very dynamic. He uses the power of his hips to pressure his opponent. What I like the most about his mount technique is how he lifts his training partner’s head off the mat to take away all power to try and bump Chael off of him. How many times have you gotten mount, only to quickly get thrown into a scramble? Personally, it happens to me so often that I tend to avoid the mount. But these simple details from Chael are a super effective way to have a lot of control when transitioning to, and in, the mount position. So remember these tips from Chael the next time you are training in a live roll or in a competition. It could be the difference between getting easily bucked off, and dominating your opponent. I hope you found this video useful. Thank you Chael Sonnen for demonstrating this technique for us today!
Chael Sonnen is a household name in the MMA community, and it is for a very simple reason - he talks a big game, and then he backs it up.
The Chael Sonnen blueprint is really pretty simple at its base: take the person down, smash through the guard, and start hunting for chokes and joint locks. This is the formula that he has used to fight more world champions than anyone else, with incredible and consistent success. See the techniques that brought us epic main events like the vice-like Guillotine that he used to choke Shogun Rua unconscious, or the throws and passes he used to edge out greats like Michael Bisping and Wanderlei Silva. In fact, Chael is so confident in these BJJ hacks that he has competed at the highest levels of submission grappling, including 3 trips to ADCC, where he has always won in the early rounds and a huge win in a Superfight where he defeated the legend Leo Viera in 2017.