This standard escape from the mount is extremely effective against the vast majority of attackers. Attempting to block punches or launch a striking attack of your own when your opponent has you mounted is highly unlikely to work due to your inferior position. Your opponent can strike you harder, faster, and easier from the top. The first priority is to unbalance your opponent, forcing him to catch himself with his hands on the ground above you. This will prevent him from striking you and allow you to use the defense below or a number of others.
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