So, let’s say you’ve made it up to what we called Step 4 in the over/under tutorial. That is, you’ve got your arms in position, you’ve dropped your right knee outside your opponent’s left leg, and you’ve driven forward with your shoulder in his midsection; then trouble strikes. You go to pull off that crucial shucking of your opponent’s legs, but they just won’t go. What do you do?
As Coach Dan demonstrates in the video above, the short answer is: back-step and reset. The long answer is this:
- You’re stuck on your opponent’s knee. His shin is across your lap, like a seat-belt. You can keep trying to shuck his legs to your left, as you pivot right, but he’ll most likely keep the knee there and rotate with you. The trick is getting past that knee.
- So, Back-step. Keep your weight rooted through your right shoulder. Throw your left leg up and back over your right. That’ll get your hips past that pesky knee. Your shoulder should keep your opponent flat on his back and uncomfortable.
- If you stop there, you lose. Reset immediately. That is, get that left leg back over your right, close to where it was initially. Only now, you’re past your opponent’s legs.
- Get that left knee of yours into your opponent’s hip, get your left elbow into his opposite hip, and work your way to good side control.
There it is. Next time, we’ll look at one more way to end this over/under pass. If you’re interested in training live with Coach Dan and his team, stop by Black Diamond Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Peacedale.