All we're saying is that Romulo Barral, when said properly, is almost like music to your ears. We like saying it. Not as much as we like saying #rondarousey, but it's definitely close. Once again, Jits Mag does all the fine work (and we do none) in bringing you a terrific excerpt from their latest edition (Volume 12). Read it, and pick one up now. Their available on every new stand in the free world. We're kidding, you totally have to order them online (digital or hard copy, we believe). But, do that.
Below is a brief excerpt from an article by Nic Gregoriades:
3. HIP FLEXIBILITYAnd, check out the real cover (nice delts; this guy definitely works out):
There is a common misconception that squeezing your
opponent tightly between your knees while holding the mount position is the most effective way to control him in the mount. It’s been my experience that the best mount- specialists do precisely the opposite.
While keeping their feet tucked, they widen their knees and ‘sink’ their hips into the other fighter. This greatly improves their balance because it both broadens their base and low- ers their center of gravity. It also puts far more pressure on the person beneath them. (If you’re ever unlucky enough to have Red and Black belt Mauricio Gomes holding you in mount you’ll understand exactly what I mean.)
The only way to allow yourself to sink low enough to apply this kind of pressure is by having a certain amount of flex- ibility in your hips. If you don’t yet have it, it’s time to start stretching more. (Hint: do yoga!)