Buck and Roll

Getting stuck under people? Let’s change that. 

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The Mount

The mount is when someone has passed your guard (gotten around your legs and hips) and is sitting on your chest. It’s one of the most dominant positions on the ground, and one of the last places we want to be. 


Same Side

Whenever we talk about “base” we are talking about where their support is. Think of a kickstand on a bicycle. The kickstand is the base of the bicycle. 

When someone has mount, they can use their arms and legs to catch themselves and act as a kickstand. We need to remove the option of saving themselves with both their arms and their legs to the same side. 

Do its NameSake

We trap their leg and arm on the same side, buck our hips to get their weight moving and then roll them over our shoulder to the same side we trapped. 

Buck. And then roll. 

(in BJJ, this is sometimes called an “Upa”, but we have always called it the Buck and Roll.)

Joe Lauzon

Co-Founder and Head Instructor, Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts

Joe Lauzon is a 26-time UFC Veteran and has the record for the most all-time Post-Fight bonus awards in the UFC (6x Submission of the Night, 6x Fight of the Night, 1x Knockout of the Night and 2x Performance of the Night). He was involved in the 2012 Fight of the Year with Jim Miller.

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