We’ve been looking at the positional skill of going behind our opponent we’re strongly emphasizing this skill, one which has to be as well developed as your submissions. You can’t just threaten in one direction, it can’t just be all through the submission thread, it can’t just be all positional thread – only when you mix the two where you maximize your effectiveness with either one.
Now, let’s have a look at another highly effective method going behind an opponent, a hand block and go behind, if you’re on this side and we’re working from a right-handed front headlock situation, as always we get our first initial three points of control and working here, we’re gonna take our hand and post it with this V grip on our training partner’s triceps.
I’m gonna move my head up a little and we’re gonna come up off our knees and I’m gonna take my hand and put my whole forearm behind. Don’t put the back of the hand in, put the whole forearm in here like so. My second arm goes over my training partner’s spine right down the middle and as a result we’re in a position to walk around behind our training partner and when we get behind we can put in a tight waist post on our training partner’s knee and now we’re at a perfect position we go into the various forms of backing that we saw when we went over the back attack system.
So once again we’re working here from a classic front headlock situation I post on my training partner’s triceps I bring my hand all the way so that my forearm is behind him and my arm goes here down his spine – do not make this common mistake of reaching too early around your training partner’s waist. Now he can trap my wrist and from here roll me through and end up pinning me in this position here, okay, you often see people making this basic error.
Once again, I don’t want, in these situations, having posted and coming around the corner to reach too quickly through the waist, he just wraps the wrist and pins me. That’s why we keep our arm down the spine. The moment I come in here it’s an easy trap, rolling pin – so we must be disciplined with our hand position.
Once again, front headlock, post, angle, forearm, good arm position. I walk short choppy steps around behind my opponents and I’m in behind, once we get behind our opponent we’re in good position now to take that tight waist and from here, so many ways for us to go on the attack and start utilizing that back system that we enjoy so much. This represents a very fast, very simple and highly effective way to go behind our opponent in the blink of an eye, in any front headlock situation.”