Blue Belt Stripe 2: Chapter 2: Side Mount

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Chapter 2 of the Blue Belt Stripe 2 Course features nine lessons which are broken down into four sections: Side Mount Controls, Side Mount Escapes, Side Mount Submissions and Side Mount Submission Counters. It is essential that you complete the lessons in the prescribed sequence or else you will have difficulty executing the Rapid Mastery Drills and the Focus Sparring Exercises featured at the end of each lesson. Once you complete all nine lessons, it is highly recommended that you start over and cycle through them at least two more times before moving on to the next chapter. To get total access to this chapter and all other Gracie University courses, including bonus Gracie Breakdowns and Narrated Sparring Videos, click here to start your 5-day Free Trial!


Chapter Lessons (9)

Lesson 9: Shrimp Escape Prevention (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

As your opponent’s skill increases, so will the challenge of maintaining control and positional advantage. A skilled opponent’s most common escape from side mount is the Shrimp Escape. You know how...

Lesson 10: Mount Transitions (Ch2.1: Side Mount Controls)

Part of controlling the side mount is knowing precisely when and how to transition to the full mount. Timing and strategy are the keys to successful transition. If you rush to mount, you will almo...

Lesson 11: Headlock Escapes 3 & 4 (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

In Gracie Combatives, you learned that headlocks are the untrained opponent’s most common form of street aggression. We taught you Headlock Escapes 1 and 2 which, when used in combination, will en...

Lesson 12: Turtle Get-up (Ch2.2: Side Mount Escapes)

From the bottom of side mount, you’ve learned several safe, reliable escapes. If you can’t find an opening, the best option is to wait patiently until your opponent gives you one. But, if the buil...

Lesson 13: Split Series (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

In side mount, your foremost objective is to control your opponent. Once in control, you can advance your position or achieve the submission. If you seek to close the deal from the side mount, you...

Lesson 14: Lapel Chokes (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Training in the gi offers more attack options, but also requires greater awareness on defense. From the side mount, there are dozens of creative chokes that utilize the lapel of the gi and in this ...

Lesson 15: Knee on Stomach (Ch2.3: Side Mount Submissions)

Although it feels relatively unstable when you first learn it, the knee on stomach position is a highly effective control method for use against skilled opponents, especially when they are fighting...

Lesson 16: Armlock Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

The best submission counter strategy is to assume a safe defensive position that blunts the opponent’s attacks. If, however, your opponent is able to isolate or underhook your arm you may need to r...

Lesson 17: Lapel Choke Counters (Ch2.4: SM Submission Counters)

Understanding the lapel chokes from the side mount is the first step in surviving them. In this lesson, we’ll discuss in great detail the critical escape windows in each choke you’ve learned. As w...