Taking The Mount Countering The Bridge by Chael Sonnen
Who is Chael Sonnen? For many Sonnen needs no introduction. Chael hails from West Linn Oregon. He has been a lifelong grappler. At an early age he started wrestling. In high school he received the distinction of being state runner up. Chael’s love of grappling continued in college. He attended the University of Oregon. While earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, Chael had the distinction of being a two-time PAC-10 runner-up, a silver medalist at the 2000 Greco-Roman World University Championships, and a two-time Dave Schultz Memorial International Greco-Roman winner.
Sonnen cemented his grappling credentials in mixed martial arts. He holds wins over some huge MMA super stars: Wanderlei Silva, Quinton Jackson, Maurício Rua, Michael Bisping, Brian Stann, Jason Miller, Renato Sobral, Tim Credeur, Yushin Okami, Dan Miller and Nate Marquardt. Additionally, he has an impressive 48 fights with 31 wins. In his career, he has fought in almost every major promotion including Bellator, Ultimate Fighting Championships and World Extreme Cagefighting. Additionally Chael has competed in Metamoris and ADCC grappling tournaments.
It is also worth noting Chael’s colorful personality. He is arguably among the best trash talkers to every fight. His entertaining banter rivals Conor McGregor and Muhammad Ali. His post-fight speeches are nothing short of spectacular.
Chael’s approach to grappling comes from years of competing at the highest levels of wrestling, submission grappling and MMA.
Chael’s education, personality and grappling accomplishments make him well suited to teach. He is able to present information in a clear manner. He spends a great deal of time articulating the details necessary to make a technique successful. It is these attributes that make him an exceptional instructor.
In this video Chael Sonnen explores how to take mount. He starts off after he has just passed his opponent’s guard. He has his hips switched out but has not established traditional side control. From here he has a variety of options that he can choose. However, inevitably his opponent will always choose the same. His opponent will bridge to either create space to regain guard or a scramble. Sonnen advocates countering the bridge by taking mount. Chael states that our natural reaction is to drive pressure back into our opponent. However mount is a superior option. Sonnen believes that mount is the best position in all of grappling. Note the details that Chael states on mount. He touches his feet together underneath the legs of his opponent. He drives his weight in while lifting his opponent’s head. He states that if these 3 criteria are met from mount it will be impossible for his opponent to escape. Well done Chael. This sequence takes our opponent’s natural reactions and uses them to our advantage.
This video is a wonderful example of Chael’s ability to communicate technique. Like all of Sonnen’s instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. His effective techniques are a wonderful addition to anyone who makes a careful study of them. Certainly, the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have Chael Sonnen.
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