Worked quarter position bottom last night. I wanted to make the lesson concise and not cover the whole roadmap. My intent was to give students something they could use right away that was effective and easy to remember. I focused on the front zone. That’s the zone from quarter bottom where the top guy is in front to about 45 degrees to either side. I taught 3 escape techniques from there.
- Keep the other guy in front. This is your best spot to be in. You can use both your hands and have multiple escape routes.
- Go deep. If your head is touching his hip then he can’t attack your neck easily.
- If you can’t go deep then be pulling guard always. Always be pulling guard. This makes the top guy less mobile and prevents him from being able to use his hands as well on you. Since he needs to lift his weight slightly to grab at your neck if you are always threatening guard then he’ll be more tentative.
- Don’t sit still! Move. Always be looking to improve your position.
- Protect your neck.
The pressure from here is simply driving forward into the guy and catching the leg. Keep your head on the inside to prevent him from attacking your neck. You’ll either get a leg catch or he’ll sprawl. Either way will present an opportunity for escape.
Turn the Corner
If you are in good posture and driving forward the best objective is to capture one of the top guy’s legs and turn him over. This is the highest percentage move from here. Remember to keep your head inside to protect from attack.
Foot vs. Leg Grab-
Some will tell you to never grab the leg as the top guy can sprawl out. That is partly true. He can sprawl out more easily if you grab the leg instead of the foot. However, the leg is easier to grab and if you hit the move right away then this is usually not a problem. In coaching I like to teach grabbing the leg as I can use one objective for teaching both the turn the corner and the capture the leg move. It simplifies the teaching and learning. Experiment for yourself to see which you like better…
Capture the Leg
This is a high percentage move if you go to it right away. As soon as you land in quarters you drive forward and catch the leg. The longer you wait to try this move the harder it is to hit. Once you suck the leg in so that the knee is touching your chest the top guy is done. He doesn’t have the leverage to sprawl out of it.
The sit out is a great move. I’m old and slow so I have to do it a bit differently than wrestlers do. I don’t do it as a timing move. If I have to beat the other guy to the punch with it I’ll lose more often than I’d like. Instead, I change up a couple of things to make it available as a slower moving technique. This makes it more adaptable to guys who didn’t wrestle in high school.
The sit out is perfect for when the top guy sprawls out so that you can’t get to his leg. Or, if you get a leg but he sprawls out to block it.
This is a good triple attack series. If you work it consistently and go right away as you land in quarters bottom you’ll spend way less time hanging out there trying to keep the top guy from breaking you down. I didn’t cover pulling guard from this position. It’s always an option though. Any time the top guy removes his weight from your back it’s right there.