Executed exactly like the mount except the opponent is face down. As an opponent rolls to escape a mount, relax the grip you have with your knees and allow him or her to roll onto his or her stomach, where you reapply the mount. Wrestlers are especially susceptible to this since they have trained to stay off their backs.
If your opponent is too large or too strong to contain with your closed guard, switch to an open guard to push him or her backward.
- As the opponent sits up to begin punching, thrust both your knees into his or her chest.
- With your head and shoulders on the ground and your hands up to protect your face, arch your back and push opponent backward out of punching range.
- If opponent reaches for you, pull him or her into your closed guard and perform the Kimura.
- If opponent stands up, place your feet on opponent’s hips and use them to control the range.
Open guard also works well when someone if trying to choke you from the front:
- Trap one or both arms that are being using to choke you.
- Place your feet on opponent’s hips and pull him or her forward until his or her head is even with yours.
- Use your legs to pick opponent up and flip him or her over your head. As you gain skill at this throw, you may control opponent on the way over and roll backward into a mount position.