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Mat Techniques

Top Mount

As with all Grappling attacks the top mount has many variations. The two shown here are frequently used in fights because both hands are free allowing the mounter to strike, choke or initiate other attacks.

Fig. 1 Basic Fig. 2 Knees Up

  1. Fig. 1 shows a basic top mount used in a fight. Both knees are on the ground and the mounter is sitting on top of the mountee. Strikes or chokes are common from this position.
  2. Fig. 2 shows a modified top mount taught by Julius Melegrito in his Philippine Fighting Arts system. It has the advantage of greater mobility to attack and to move with sweeps. The mounter's toes are turned out in this picture because they do not bend back. This is not ideal. It would be better for the mounter's feet to be parallel to the mountee's body.

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