4. DON’T SIT STILL

“My view is that it’s important to keep moving, to not let the opponent get comfortable,” recommends freshly promoted black belt Alexander Trans (CheckMat). “Escaping the mount is always rough because it’s hard to get out without offering your opponent something he can capitalize on. So it’s a question of being patient and at the same time not accepting the position. Look to escape without panicking.”

Double gold winner at the big tournaments in 2011 as a brown belt, Alexandre Trans is now spreading terror in the black belt division.

NECK FINISH FROM BACK CONTROL

Against the seasoned Thiago Gaia in the ultraheavyweight final, the Dane defended handily, moved to back control and finished with a choke. Check it out and learn how to get back control and keep the pressure on till finishing. Then let us know: what did you learn from the match?

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