Cross Choke from Mount

The cross choke from mount is one of those submissions that you learn on day one of starting jiu jitsu but can take forever to get good at. It’s not a surprise attack. There are very few tricks to it. Most of the technique’s effectiveness (as far as I understand) is about controlling the position.

I love this submission, not because I’m good at it, but because I believe that maybe I will be good at it one day. I’ve been working at it slowly but steadily. Here’s Roger showing the basics of it:

And here’s one of his black belts breaking it down in more detail:

Like many basic but effective techniques, the cross choke from mount has just a small number of details. It seems that mastering those details requires thousands of reps that develop the right strength, balance, flexibility, and control.

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