Body Tethering

Be wary of any technique requiring you to tether your body to your opponent’s core.

Any technique requiring you to cling onto your opponent like a backpack – especially if your opponent still has base and the ability to move – comes with significant risk.  Examples include:

  • triangles from guard;
  • attempting to establish back mount when your opponent is turtled.

Techniques involving body tethering are easily reversed, sometimes in devastating fashion.  This is especially true against a larger opponent.

Never assume your body weight alone is sufficient to keep your opponent in place.