MMA Gospel changed directions from offensive to defensive with “Technique of the Week” this arc as Ed Perdomo and Ben Lawrence start things off from a very bad position. In any MMA or grappling career, it is inevitable that a fighter finds themselves in a bad position under their opponent and knowing how to escape those positions is key to a successful career. This week, Ed will work to escape Ben’s side mount into a bottom sprawl position where he will work for sweeps and submissions to regain control of the bout.
Over the past two weeks, Ed Perdomo passed Johnny Rodriguez’s guard on the high side and moved to a Spinning Armbar. This week, Ed will take “Technique of the Week” in the opposite direction by breaking Johnny’s guard and passing over the opposite leg in a Low Side Guard Pass into side control. This is the more controlled of the two passes and offers less opportunity for a scramble, but it also offers the greater risk of counter or reversal if done incorrectly.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez covered passing the guard on the high side. This week, Ed will build off of that maneuver with a Spinning Straight Armbar. The Armbar is a simple technique that not only follows the natural momentum of the guard pass, but also plays into the opponent’s natural reaction to having his guard passed in this manner. We will start with the last image from last week’s article to provide reference and to serve as a chance to remind practitioners of a few key positions coming out of the pass.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns to give fans and aspiring fighters alike deeper understanding of the grappling techniques seen in the cage as Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez go back to the basics for a four-week arc showing two basic guard passes that move directly into two Straight Armbars from side mount. For the first move in this set, Ed Perdomo will pass Johnny’s guard on the high side and end in position to transfer directly into next week’s Armbar.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez moved from the head and arm position into a Straight Armbar. It is a fairly basic maneuver but it also needs to be done quickly in order to be effective. That leaves the question of what to do if something goes wrong halfway through the technique. This week, Ed and Johnny will answer that. When Johnny gets his arm loose from Ed’s underhook control during the transition, Ed must act quickly and make two simple adjustments to turn his Armbar into a vicious Kimura.
Back after an extended break for the holidays, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez bring the next step in the current arc of MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week. This time, Johnny manages to get his arm out of position from last week’s Inverted Gi-Less Clock Choke, forcing Ed to take a different path to victory. He does so with a straight Armbar from the head and arm position. The sudden reversal of the pressure between the two attacks will actually cause the opponent to assist in setting up the Armbar itself, but Ed must be quick to pull off this simple switch effectively.
It’s Wednesday and time for another MMA Gospel Technique of the Week. Feeding off of last week’s Hip Escape to Underhook Sweep from Mount, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez return to demonstrate the next step in the chain: an Inverted Gi-Less Clock Choke. The Clock Choke is a type of head and arm choke normally performed from the turtle position almost as the exact opposite of of an Anaconda Choke. This version finds the opponent on his back under head and arm control. It is quick, efficient, and often overlooked defensively because a failure means a total loss of control over position.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns after the Thanksgiving holiday to deliver an early Christmas present in the form of another jumbo set of four chained techniques. Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez have chosen to start this arc with a deep Hip Escape and Underhook Sweep from the Mount. Being trapped in an opponent’s mount is never a good thing, but it also isn’t the end of the fight. MMA fighters in particular tend to be fairly desperate when it comes to being mounted, turtling behind their guard, giving up their back, or expending tons of energy just trying to pull a leg out into half guard. This week, Technique of the Week focuses on using good form and hip movement to not only escape the mount, but to flip the opponent over into top position head and arm control.
Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Ed Perdomo and Ben Ordonez wrap up the current jumbo-sized four-technique arc of MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week. Every move in the arc so far has fed off of the Mount Escape and Half-Guard Sweep featured November 2. This basic straight Armbar, however, will feed off of the Colombian Necktie submission from last week. In a game that relies on being three moves ahead, it is important to know where to go if and when your first attack fails.
Technique of the Week returns with Ben Ordonez and Ed Perdomo to follow up with a second submission option to follow the previous sweep from half guard, this time with a wrist-free version of the Colombian Necktie submission. In submission grappling, it is very important to not only have several avenues of attack at your disposal, but also to be able to adapt your submissions to any number of situations. An opponent’s limbs won’t always move the way they do in practice or instructional pieces, so sometimes a little modification is necessary. Such is the case with this technique, a modified version of the Colombian Neck Tie submission which functions much like an arm-in No Gi Ezekiel Choke.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Ben Ordonez worked from the mount with a basic escape to side mount followed by a sweep. In continuing the line from that sweep, MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week will now move on to a trio of submissions that flow directly from that sweep, starting with this week’s Inverted Armbar. This Armbar is a quick transition that can end a fight very quickly, especially if the opponent is caught off guard by the sweep.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns with a special four-technique arc to carry our readers through the Thanksgiving holiday including a solid mount escape/sweep combo and a trio of submissions. Ed Perdomo and Ben Ordonez will do the honors starting off this week with a Knee to Elbow Mount Escape into a Bridge Sweep from Half Guard. This escape is one commonly seen in MMA and no-gi competition, but it often stops at escaping the mount into bottom position half guard where the escapee stops to rest. Here, Ed will flow seamlessly into a bridge sweep that will take advantage of his opponent’s disrupted base and land him on top instead of on the bottom. One set-up, two techniques, saving time and energy.
Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez used a failed Kimura attempt to take the back mount position and finish the fight with a Rear Naked Choke. The Kimura that was used to defend the rear clinch is a common and effective way to escape the suplex or rear drag takedowns but it does often result in a scramble situation. When the opponent manages to straighten their arm, Ed’s best course of action is to roll onto their back and mount them. However, when the arm comes free completely, his opponent can block him and potentially catch him in half guard. Ed will be better served to transition into a Belly-Down Armbar from this situation.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns with its second offering following the defense against the rear clinch suplex. Last week, Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez prevented a suplex by turning into the opponent and pulling half guard to lock in a Kimura shoulder lock. However, things don’t always go as planned, especially in a scramble situation such as the one caused by pulling half guard. This week, Ed and Johnny will provide an alternative way to take control of the situation should the opponent manage to free their arm: taking the back and sinking in the Rear Naked Choke.
MMA Gospel’s Technique of the Week returns with three new grappling techniques for the continued education of our readers. Ed Perdomo and Johnny Rodriguez have chosen to focus this arc on countering the rear clinch by preventing the Suplex or Rear Drag takedown and turning it into an opportunity for a fight-ending submission following the resulting scramble. The first technique that will be explored is the defense of the Suplex itself followed by a Kimura from the half guard position.