Here’s a quick overview of one of SBGi’s signature moves, the shoulder of justice. It’s a great way to hold top position in cross sides and has the added benifit of having a cool sounding name. Good deal all around.
Step 1: Block out the guard.
Make sure you are using either the knee or hand to block out the guard so that the bottom person can’t simply slide the knee in and pull guard. At SBG we teach this a a fundamental for holding top. You are always blocking out the guard with either the knee, the hand, or the hip. In this case I’m using the knee.
Step 2: Get the underhook
This is the step where we control/capture the upper body. Controlling the upper body while blocking out the guard are steps 1 and 2 of the fundamental 5 of holding top.
Step 3: Grab the underarm and pull him off line.
You want to kink his spine and pull him out from a straight line. This makes it harder for him to bridge or shrimp.
Step 4: Drop your near shoulder.
Move your near shoulder back towards his legs a bit and attach it to his chest. This sets you up in the right position to apply the pressure in the next step. It allows you to get under his chin more easily.
Step 5: Find the sweet spot and apply.
Move your shoulder towards his head while keeping it attached to his body. This should put it right under his chin in the sweet spot. Apply pressure by extending your near leg and sprawling your hips down. You should feel the pressure go towards his head and not towards the far shoulder. Your elbow should not leave the mat.