The MMA & Self-​​Defense Guard — the Hold Down Position

The hold down position is the one most effective bottom guard positions to be in; whether it is a MMA fight or a Self-​​Defense situation.The hold down position allows you to to control your opponent’s posture, body position, and easily transition to a variety of submissions (if MMA), joint breaks (if Self-​​Defense) or get back to your feet.

The man demonstrating in these is 3rd Degree Brazilian Jiu-​​Jitsu Black Belt, American Top Team MMA Trainer and MOST importantly my jiu-​​jitsu teacher: Luigi Mondelli.

These videos go over the basics of securing the hold down position, as well as 2 simple submissions and finally how to get up from the position.

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Hold Down Position Setup to Shoulder Lock

Hold Down Position to Shoulder Lock to Armbar

Hold Down Position to Technical Standup

Additional Resources:

  • BJJInstitute​.com — Learn jiu-​​jitsu, no-​​gi grappling and MMA techniques from 3 of the best Brazilia Jiu-​​Jitsu Blackblets
  • H2H Combat System Manual and Videos — The most complete Military Hand-​​to-​​Hand Combat Manual that gives you 95% of the necessary responses to end a street fight situation.

Featured BJJ Black Belt :

Luigi Mondelli

Master Black Belt /​ American Top Team CT MMA Team Trainer

Luigi Mondelli is the instructor of Best Way Brazilian Jiu-​​Jitsu /​ American Top Team Connecticut. With over 15 years of practice, Luigi is a certified black belt with many titles and a lot of experience training amateur and professional fighters.

  • 2009 Panamerican Champion
  • 2008 World No-​​Gi Champion
  • 2008 Panamerican Champion
  • 2007 Panamerican Champion
  • 2006 Panamerican Champion
  • 2004 Panamerican Champion
  • 2002 World Champion
  • 2004 North American Champion
  • 2003 North American Champion
  • 2001 2nd National /​ Brazil
  • 1999 Rio de Janeiro State Champion


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