NECK TO THE GROUND TO BOW AND ARROW
If the person turtled up is defending everything and you can’t force the position, you sometimes have to bait. In this technique, Matt’s going to use some pressure and discomfort to get Mike to give up some space.
Mike’s covering everything up and Matt can’t get the hex grip or the collar. So, he cups his right hand on the back of Mike’s head and forces it down to the mat.
Matt can increase the level of pressure on Mike’s head. This might be necessary if the person turtled up is much larger than you. In this case, Matt just wants to make Mike uncomfortable so he ends up giving him what he wants. The first level of pressure is Matt using his hand and arm to push down. Level two would be Matt turning his elbow in and framing it against his right thigh. Level three would be Matt getting his elbow between his right thigh and hip and pressuring downward.
Matt wants Mike to think that the whole point of this pressure is for him to keep his head glued, or welded in
the case of Level 3, to the mat. After laying down this pressure for a while, Matt brings his left leg up and around to circle around Mike’s head. When his leg gets to his arm, Matt has to let go of Mike’s head.
Sensing the pressure gone for that split second, Mike lifts his head off the mat. This gives Matt the opportunity to dive his right arm across the front of Mike’s neck to grab his leftside collar. Matt’s using his left hand and right foot to maintain balance.
With the grip on the collar, Matt brings his left hand to Mike’s left pant leg and grabs a hold of some fabric.
With everything locked up, Matt can maintain control of Mike depending on which direction he goes. In this case, Mike falls into the trap and turns to his right side toescape.
Mike’s fallen into the bow and arrow choke – Matt already has his right leg over. Matt just needs to keep his right elbowtucked in tight and pull back on Mike’s left leg. Matt puts some hip into it for good measure.
Hope you enjoyed these techniques from Professor Matt Baker. For more from him be sure to grab this issue.