My friend Alvin Yeh showed me this technique as we were reviewing the Reverse Seat Belt position, and it instantly got my attention. I wish I would have thought of it myself, but I wasn’t going to let a great technique slide away from me, so I asked him to teach it for me. As you can see, it’s a tricky trap move, so I instantly fell in love with it.
The trap is set up from bottom side control with the Reverse Seat Belt (also called the Overwrap, Octopus Guard, Cat/Dog, or Reach Around guard, lol). The top man often likes to crush the bottom man with their hips, sitting off to the side, which also gives them access to an easy mount in the process. Usually bottom man is unhappy with this and will adjust his position, but in the trap, Alvin allows me to be comfortable here and lets me mount, even using his free hand to push my hips towards the mount.
The moment I start to step over for the mount is when the trap is sprung. He uses his far knee to bump my hips up and then uses his other leg to secure a lock down on my near leg. Now he has great options for taking the back here. He can use the lock down to extend me and take my back, or he could truck roll to the back.
I love this because a good trap has great bait and predictable escapes, and this fits that description perfectly. Better guys usually like going into mount versus the reverse seat belt, and I usually just resort to hip escape to go back to neutral, but this makes the mount a deadly mistake.
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