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How To Enter The BJJ Saddle Position

How To Enter The BJJ Saddle Position

BJJ Saddle Position: For the past few years, leg locks have dominated the grappling world. Grapplers must become conversant with the various leg lock positions in order to develop their offensive and defensive skill sets and compete in modern BJJ. Any martial art, including BJJ, has weaknesses that might arise from exploring a new area of their skill set, particularly when faced with intense competition. Fear not, as we shall discuss the saddle, which is perhaps the most effective leglock posture in grappling.

What Does the BJJ Saddle Position Mean?

How To Enter The BJJ Saddle Position
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The BJJ saddle position is known by several names among grapplers, including inner sankaku, honey hole, 411, and cross ashi. It is often regarded as the greatest leglock in wrestling.

By locking both of your legs (usually by pinching them in a triangular shape over the opponent’s knee) and rotating your hips slightly away from the opponent’s knee, as in the knee bar position, you may control their leg with the saddle position.

This is a strong, commanding position with a variety of benefits. It gives you power over your opponent’s hand-fighting, movement, escape, and counterattack abilities while giving you control over their other leg to establish a more secure position. Above importantly, it may be utilised as a transition point to other leg entanglements and as an entrance for the Aoki lock and inner heel hook.

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The Butterfly Guard’s Ingress

There are several methods to assume the saddle posture. Among the most well-liked is the Butterfly Guard. Starting from the seated butterfly guard position, your goal is to use your leg to lift your opponent such that they are pointing towards the ceiling. The opposing leg should be directed outward as you start to sit through for the elevation so that you may extend it below the opponent’s centre of mass.

Grasp the opponent’s far hip with your left hand, assuming you are using your left leg to lift them. From this position, dive with your head and right arm to underhook the far leg of your opponent. As you do the move, rotate your body such that it is perpendicular to the opponent.

Your left knee and leg are perpendicular to the floor in this posture, so your legs may help by raising the opponent and keeping them up with ease, regardless of their sprawl. To maintain your distance, post on their armpit with your left hand. You will land in the saddle position after forcing your opponent to the ground by using your right leg to pull it straight up under their leg while maintaining the butterfly hook with your left leg.

Access From The Dogfight Position

How To Enter The BJJ Saddle Position
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To make this entrance to the saddle from the dogfight position, you will need a hook that is half the size of a butterfly.

The initial entry occurs when you square up against your opponent, apply a right-leg butterfly hook to them, and use your right hand to create an underhook. Step to the left with your left leg and post with your left hand on the mat.

Roll through beneath your opponent by tucking yourself under them from this stance. To grip the opponent’s knee that you are trapping, use your left hand. You’re in the saddle position now as you roll and land on the mat. The opponent will frequently struggle for the underhook rather than just giving it to you. The overhook version is included in the second choice.

Using your left hand to grasp outside the opponent’s trapped leg and roll, instead of shooting yourself and your left hand beneath the opponent, while maintaining your right leg butterfly hook and applying a right-hand overhook on them with their underhook up to your far lat.

In order to manage your roll in the event that your opponent begins to sprawl, you can hold your right shin with your left hand before rolling. When you land in the saddle, your opponent can grab your head with both hands from the underhook. To avoid this, release the saddle and extend your legs to land on side control.

Access Via the Reverse De La Riva

If you have a reversal De La Riva with your right leg and your opponent attempts to go for a knee cut, you want your hip to be below their hooked knee. Raise your right hand to seize the opponent’s calf area. Holding the grip and the RDLR hook, press your left knee into the opponent’s near hip and flip onto your right shoulder. Retract your right RDLR hook, then grip behind your opponent’s knee with your left hand.

While doing so, flip your right leg such that it is under your opponent’s knee and lock it with your left leg to form a triangle over your knee. The ability to expose your opponent’s heel and go straight for an inside heel hook as soon as they fall to the mat is another benefit of keeping your right hand clutching behind their calf.

Now that you’re inverted and maintaining control, support your opponent’s trapped knee by placing your left hand behind it and using a firm hold to prevent them from pulling it out. Bumping your hips forward to arrive in the saddle posture marks the end of the sweep.

One can see the opponent’s heel as soon as they descend on the mat. By turning around, locking your wrists, putting your right elbow close to the trapped leg, and hooking behind the heel, you may grab the heel hook.

In summary

Keep tight grip over your opponent’s leg at all times to maximise the benefits of your saddle posture. Good control is a result of pinning your opponent’s hips, controlling their far leg, and pressing your knees together. To see how it changes your play, practise the saddle position at the beginning of your leg lock excursion.

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