Back Attack Theory in BJJ
How does my back attack theory in BJJ differ from others? Here it is…The back… How should I play between the position and the choke? I always coach that in a no-gi submission match with no striking, the back is the ultimate position. When BJJ practitioners wear a gi, I prefer the mount. The mount is arguably as good as the back because you have the collars to create a strong choke threat that combines will with arm bar threat. In MAA or a street fight, when punches/elbows are allowed, the mount becomes a devastating position, but for no gi grappling the back is king in my opinion. A natural question to ask is, “what is the relationship between the position and the main submission from there, the rear naked choke?” In the great majority of cases focus first on solidifying the position first and your choke second. As you get more advanced, your opponents will get very adept at defending the choke and you must then start trapping arms to get the breakthrough. My students are all very adept at this crucial skill and employ a step by step system to get the breakthrough. Understand that the higher you go up in rank, the more you must start to close the gap between position and the choke. The moment you lock the position, you should be threatening your choke and in some cases where appropriate, you can even get you choke arm set FIRST and then get the position AFTER. The more threat you can create at the neck, The easier it will be to trap arms and sometimes even get a quick finish as your opponent defends the position instead of the submission. Here at Savarese BJJ Academy (www.njbjj.com), we practice this often.