I know the “turtle position” sounds a bit weird, but it’s extremely helpful when you are on the ground and in a jam. Basically, try to get on your stomach and curl up like a ball. There are a few things you can do from there if you are fast enough. Being in the turtle position is not someplace to sit and hang out. There are a ton of submissions available against someone in the turtle position for someone who is skilled enough and who is proficient at floating around on your back.
I usually end up in turtle position when I get out of north/south or after being taken down at the start of a match. Also, a lot of times I just end up there. It’s really a defensive position.
So, when you get there, what do you do?
Well, there are a few things. One, you can roll to your side and try to get the other guy in your guard. After that, it’s up to you. What I have been having better luck with lately is using the wrestler’s sit out. It’s a “burst” like move and works really well when the other guy isn’t expecting it. Even when he knows is coming, it’s a tough one to stop.
As you can see, it’s pretty sweet once you get used to it. I used it a few times during this morning’s class and loved the effect. I actually ended up on top of my opponent and he ended up in the turtle position. Nice.