I am still concentrating on mount escapes as Houston Alexander’s and Thiago Silva’s fight in UFC 78 is still present in my consciousness. While watching the above video and practicing the movements I also thought about flexibility and the role it plays in the ground game.
Quite often, I get in a sticky situation when grappling and attempt a move that requires flexibility. Perhaps I’m mounted and I want to roll back and use my legs to remove my sparring partner; a guy in my guard plants his hand on the mat and I spin for an omoplata or just some other general move that requires hip flexibility. Sometimes, I am unable to pull these moves off because I have reached the limits of my flexibility.
I know that there is an entire set of submissions that I could pull off but lack the flexibility to do so. This video reminded me of this and increasing my flexibility has moved to the top of my list.