Side mount is probably the most miserable position to get stuck in on the ground. A good grappler can have you gasping for air within seconds of putting you in the position. They can also apply no pressure but position you in a way that you can barely move a muscle.
These elements are what makes this position one of the most popular in competition, AND one of the best positions for police officers in a use of force encounter. So, what's the key?
1. Chest to Chest Connection
2. Hip to Hip Connection (Stay low!)
3. If pressure is the goal, keep your knees off the ground.
These three factors can be summed up with this: if you are on top, take up the space! The subject should NOT be comfortable! Your control and pressure should make them prefer the handcuffs instead (which is ultimately the end goal anyway).
That's enough for now, this month's tip is for my VISUAL learners!
Check out this clip below of me demonstrating the position during a small campus safety officer training. Then, practice it. Then practice it again. Then, practice it against resistance. Then repeat (all under the supervision of a qualified instructor of course)!
Oh and one more thing... do me a favor and share this with an officer or instructor you know who may be interested in this type of content.
Be safe and go train!
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Dr. Jeremy Butler, Ph.D.