How To Do The “Back Mount Reset” In Jiu Jitsu


Today, we’re going to learn the “Back Mount Reset” in Jiu Jitsu. That is important also because we all make mistakes. And, if you make a mistake there is nothing better than getting your position back – that’s what the “Back Mount Reset” is for.


As you already know, what is weak side for the choker (me in this lesson) is the good side for my opponent. So, if he falls to the weak side, he has the option to scrape his shoulder against the ground and get away from my back mount. So, I’ll try my best to stop him from falling into the weak side, in first place. And then, even if falls to the weak side, I won’t let his head touch the ground, I may use the head pillow.

But let’s say, it wasn’t my day. I made a lot of mistakes. He falls to the weak side. And then, I was too slow to use the head pillow. His head is about to touch the ground. I am losing my dominance over him and my choke won’t work once his head touches the ground.

Back Mount Reset: How To Do It

I’m into a position where I need to do a ‘back mount reset’. I mean, I have to reset my back mount before I can choke him. So, what I need to do is to release my top arm from the seat belt, reach it behind his head, grasp my hands, pull him and go all the way to the strong side. You may put your foot on to the ground in the process. It’s super easy. This is what we call “back mount reset”. With it you get your position back. What’s better is that you go to the strong and you’re ready to choke him.

You didn’t use the head pillow and he starts to scrap his shoulder against the ground and get away


You release your top arm from the seat belt and grasp your hands like this – just behind his head.


Pull Him

Summary: Things We Learned

To summarize, back mount reset is not that difficult. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Release the seat belt.
2. Reach it behind his head.
3. Grasp your hands.
4. Pull him all the way to your strong side.

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Father of eight, Dr. Scott Sullivan is the chief instructor at Bam Bam Martial Arts in Houston, TX. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas and is a seasoned martial arts instructor with over 30 years of experience. A firm believer that martial arts really does help people become more fit, safe, and happy, he remains vigilant about helping people improve their lives through martial arts.