Ep. 130: Position Series: Kesa Gatame, feat. Sonny Brown

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This week, we're joined by one of our most often requested guests: Sonny Brown! Sonny, also known as "that other BJJ podcast guy," is working on a kesa gatame instructional. He joins us to share core concepts on this underutilized position.
We debunk common kesa gatame misconceptions:

  • "They'll just take my back"
  • "They'll just bridge me over"
  • "They'll just push my head into an armbar or crucifix"
  • "Kesa gatame is only for big guys"
  • "Once you get into kesa gatame, you’re stuck there."

Critical control points for kesa gatame:

  • Keep your legs at a 90° angle to block the bridge
  • Keep their near-side elbow off the mat
  • Bring your opponent's chin to your chest.
  • Don’t lean your head over to their far side.

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