John Danaher explains why this is the case:
You can never go wrong in Jiu jitsu is you focus on getting mounted or rear mounted.
There’s a thousand different directions you can go at any given time in a match – some are good, some aren’t – but two directions that are always good regardless of context are Mount and Rear Mount.
So, if you’re stumped for direction – just focus on those two and you can never go wrong.
This is especially the case when it comes to attacking the back:
They say that to a man with a hammer in his hand, everything looks like a nail.
This is usually said to warn people of being too focused on a single thing and limiting your viewpoint and options as a result.
In the case of Jiu jitsu however, heavy focus on the back has no real downside.
Danaher continues to explain:
If you can create a constant pressure towards the back throughout a match, you will experience a lot success.
The back can he take. From anywhere – standing, top or bottom – and the result is always good.
Make it a habit to pressure behind an opponent at all times from all positions and you’ll find yourself winning far more than if you just drift from position to position and follow the opponent’s actions.
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