Yes that makes sense. Framing is technically-sound mount defense, irrespective of your strength relative to the person mounting you. I’m not doing an elbow extension to try to bench someone off of me, but rather using my frames to keep them from gaining high mount, trapping an individual arm and to keep them from settling in and getting comfortable.
Regaining frames is sometimes a brute-force affair when I’m rolling with my instructor, but that’s also under the mantle of hipping-out big and yanking my arms back if he’s got one of them pinned with his shin. Technically-sound (or at least more technical than before) that also takes advantage of my tremendous hip strength.
Oh yeah. Plenty. Especially since I’ve been working from home without a great deal to keep me busy at the moment!
I’ve been working really hard to use my hips more to escape mount and side control. Hips that can deadlift 600 ish are very difficult to keep on the ground and I’m learning that all kinds of space is there for the taking. There’s no point in training a “weak” or “strength-less” hip-out, so my opponents will have to deal with that. My brown-belt instructor (who is actually much more skilled than my black belt instructor. Different schools, different systems, different promotion criteria) is very good at taking my hips out of the equation.
He does this by rarely settling into any mount position where I can use my hips. Instead he does a loto of knee-on-belly and uses his agility to dance around me as I try to frame him off, hip away and go for a single-leg. He’s just too fast and he knows what I’m doing right away. He attacks high mount relentlessly on me, and once he’s got both of my arms controlled my hips are nearly neutralized.
It is very difficult to deal with. Last night is one of the few times I’ve escaped his mount, but then I’m in his guard, which I’ve never been able to pass. But I climbed up one rung on the ladder, and that’s progress against a guy that good.
I’ve also gained control over my body and the degree of pressure I use. If I’m rolling with a female or an older guy or even a much smaller blue or purple belt I will change my game in several ways. No cross-face side control pressure, which is almost a cheat code for me. Instead I’ll play it with my elbow on the far-side of their head and my other arm trying to wrap up between their legs or just blocking their hip on the near-side, all without putting any real weight on them. I don’t brute-force americanas from side control or mount either. If they give it to me I’ll take it, but only if they give it to me.
From mount I won’t superman anyone, put my weight on their jaw structure or use pressure of any significant level. I’ll try to just hold mount, get a hand in the collar or maybe go for an ezekiel, again without digging in my hooks and putting all of my hip pressure on them, which again is almost like a cheat code for me (against white belts at least). I often find myself riding up into technical mount on these guys when they try to hip out, and from there I like to go for the bow-and-arrow (aka lap-drop) choke or climb up to high mount and go for a simple armbar.
I’m also trying to hunt high mount and get arms trapped. Getting better at that.
I’m also trying to play more knee-on-belly, which is going to suck for the person underneath. Sorry guys.
This, of course, presents problems of training movement patterns that are more gentle than they should be. Fortunately there are a small handful of purple and higher belts who I do not go easy on and everything is kept on the table. I’m not tapping these guys out yet but I’m at the point where they aren’t getting me consistently either (in 5 min rounds at least). It has been about two months since I’ve been over in that pond and almost 3 since I’ve been training regularly there. I’ve had probably at least a dozen privates (which are given pro-bono, luckily!) with my brown belt friend since then and I’ve definitely got some new tools in the toolbox that will give people fits.
Maybe next week I’ll head over. We’ll see how the foot goes. I’m a guy lots of people want to tap out right now and I don’t want to get my ankle kicked out by someone trying a sweep or getting aggro on a takedown. This is not something I worry about training with my brown belt instructor.