Lesson 3: Positional Control (Mount)

Lead Instructor:  Ryron and Rener Gracie
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The mount is the most dominant position in a fight because it enables you to win the fight in a variety of ways. You must understand, however, that as soon as you achieve the mount, your opponent will do everything in his power to get you off of them. In this lesson you will learn how to control and exhaust a larger stronger opponent from the mount. First, you will learn how to apply effective hip pressure, and then you will see how to neutralize the most common escape attempts used in real fights.

Lesson Specs

Lesson Goals

  1. Master all 36 techniques individually and in every combination.
  2. Test for your Gracie Combatives Belt.


  1. Watch the lesson.
  2. Take notes on essential details.
  3. Bookmark key points in the videos for future reference.
  4. Ask questions in the Forum if you need help.
  5. Review the lesson multiple times to build confidence.

Lesson Slices

  1. Hips and Hands
  2. Anchor and Base
  3. Low Swim
  4. High Swim
  5. Reflex Development Drill™
  6. Fight Simulation Drill™
  7. Mindset Minute

Lead Instructor

Ryron and Rener Gracie

Gracie University Chief Instructors

Ryron and Rener Gracie are the eldest grandsons of Grand Master Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Their father is Rorion Gracie, one of the world’s foremost experts in self-defense. In 1993, Rorion created the Ultimate Fighting Championship to showcase the supremacy of the family’s self-defense system in a realistic “no holds barred” confrontation against all comers. Rorion’s younger brother, Royce, won 3 of the first 4 UFC tournaments proving that the leverage-based techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu provided the most reliable way to defeat a larger, more athletic opponent. Ryron and Rener were born into this family tradition of testing the art against all challengers.

Rorion introduced his sons to the art as soon as they could walk. As children, they watched him teach private classes in their garage in Southern California. But, it wasn’t until they observed their father and uncles – Royce, Rickson, and Royler – easily winning challenge matches that they began to comprehend fully the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Even more important, Ryron and Rener recognized the profound impact the family’s art had on all who studied it. The life changing transformations of Gracie University students motivated the brothers to teach the art. While constantly perfecting their physical techniques, they worked equally hard to master the powerfully effective instruction methods developed by their forbearers. In 2003, Grand Master Helio Gracie awarded Ryron and Rener black belts in recognition of their mastery of his unique techniques and teaching methodologies.


Other Lessons in This Course


Gracie Combatives Intro Class

In this 20-minute introduction, Ryron and Rener discuss everything from “Bad Guy Reminders” to the Blue Belt Qualification Requirements. Watch this before you begin training to get the most out o...

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Lesson 1: Trap and Roll Escape

If you ever find yourself trapped under a larger, more athletic opponent, this technique may save your life.

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Lesson 2: Americana Armlock

Once you achieve the mount position, you can use this quick and easy submission to win the fight.

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Lesson 3: Positional Control (Mount)

Without mastering these techniques, there is little chance that you will ever control a larger, stronger opponent from the mount.

Lesson 4: Take the Back (Mount)

When your opponent panics and rolls to their knees, you will need this technique to maintain control of the situation.

Lesson 5: Rear Naked Choke

Considered one of the best of all time, this technique is called “Mata-Leao” in Portuguese, which translates literally into “Lion Killer.”

Lesson 6: Leg Hook Takedown

Once you get a hold of your opponent, you can use this simple technique to get the fight to the ground.

Lesson 7: Clinch (Aggressive Opponent)

If someone attacks you aggressively, remain calm and use this strategy to gain full control of your opponent during the chaos.

Lesson 8: Punch Block Series (Stages 1-4)

Against a larger opponent, you may end up on the bottom of the fight, and when this happens, the Punch Block Series will save your life.

Lesson 9: Straight Armlock (Mount)

Nine times out of ten, when an untrained adversary attempts to escape your mount, they will create the perfect opportunity for the Straight Armlock.

Lesson 10: Triangle Choke

Your ability to defeat much larger opponents will multiply exponentially once you master the Triangle Choke.

Lesson 11: Elevator Sweep

When a much larger opponent tries to smash you with their body weight, use this technique to reverse the position and achieve the mount.

Lesson 12: Elbow Escape (Mount)

In combination with the Trap and Roll Escape, this technique will get you out from underneath virtually anyone.

Lesson 13: Positional Control (Side Mount)

If you cannot maintain the side mount while your opponent goes crazy, there is little chance that you will ever achieve the mount.

Lesson 14: Body Fold Takedown

Anytime your opponent attempts to punch you from the clinch, they create the perfect opportunity for the Body Fold Takedown.

Lesson 15: Clinch (Conservative Opponent)

When your opponent is advancing towards you conservatively, you will use the "Surprise Entry" method to establish the clinch.

Lesson 16: Headlock Counters

Because headlocks are so common in real fights, you must master several counters to them before you are considered "street ready."

Lesson 17: Double Leg Takedown

If you are having difficulty using the Clinch strategy, you can take your opponent down by going for their legs.

Lesson 18: Headlock Escape 1

If a larger opponent catches you in a headlock and you do not have a very reliable escape strategy, you will lose the fight.

Lesson 19: Straight Armlock (Guard)

Anytime your opponent tries to strangle you from the guard, they unknowingly give you a wonderful gift.

Lesson 20: Double Ankle Sweep

As your opponent stands up for the perfect punch, use this technique to literally sweep their feet out from underneath them.

Lesson 21: Pull Guard

The beauty of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is that is enables you to win from both the top and bottom of the fight.

Lesson 22: Headlock Escape 2

When Headlock Escape 1 fails, you can count on this technique to save your life.

Lesson 23: Guillotine Choke

Finish your opponent without ever going to the ground with this quick, easy and extremely powerful submission

Lesson 24: Shrimp Escape

If your opponent passes your guard and attempts to achieve the side mount, this technique will put them right back where they belong.

Lesson 25: Kimura Armlock

Named after the Japanese Jiu-Jitsu champion Masahiko Kimura, this versatile technique will greatly enhance your potential from the guard.

Lesson 26: Standing Headlock Defense

If you get caught in a headlock while standing, you will need this technique to gain control of your opponent and safely get the fight to the ground.

Lesson 27: Punch Block Series (Stage 5)

To be fully comfortable from the bottom of the fight, you will need to master this final piece of the Punch Block Series.

Lesson 28: Hook Sweep

By establishing a solid base from Stage 4, your opponent will set you up for this simple and reliable sweep.

Lesson 29: Rear Takedown

If you find yourself in the rear clinch, use this technique to take your opponent down as quickly and safely as possible.

Lesson 30: Haymaker Punch Defense

When the attacker throws a very predictable Haymaker Punch, the best strategy is to slip underneath it and establish the rear clinch.

Lesson 31: Take the Back (Guard)

If a much heavier opponent drives their forearm into your throat, use this technique to get oxygen into your lungs and take their back in the process.

Lesson 32: Guillotine Defense

Even an unskilled opponent can use the Guillotine Choke against you. Perfect this technique in case you find your neck in a tight spot.

Lesson 33: Elbow Escape (Side Mount)

Master this technique, and your opponent’s chance of achieving the mount will be greatly reduced.

Lesson 34: Standing Armlock

Use this simple submission as a negotiating tool with any disrespectful adversary you encounter.

Lesson 35: Twisting Arm Control

Twist your opponent up with this technique, and then use it to do as much or as little damage as you deem appropriate.

Lesson 36: Double Underhook Guard Pass

There is a 99% chance that a street fight opponent will not close their guard, but if they do, you can use this simple strategy to pass it.