Attacking from Knee on Belly

As I fully extend my arms, I get the separation needed to slide my right knee across Paco's belly.

If your opponent is a really good jiu-jitsu player, it can sometimes be difficult to land strikes or mount him from the top side-control position. In such a situation, it's only a matter of time until the referee stands the fight back up due to inactivity. If you want to keep your dominant positioning, forcing movement is critical. A good way to achieve this is to transition to the knee on belly position. Once there, you have a lot of mobility. You can land strikes, hop over your opponent, or walk around his head as he turns into you to escape. Whichever option you choose, your opponent will be forced to scramble, which keeps the referee happy and the fight on the ground. If at anytime you feel in danger of losing your positioning, you can simply drop back down into the standard side control position.

Paco rolls to his left to turn into me. Instead of jumping over his body, I step my right leg forward and begin to circle around his head.

Coming up onto both feet, I continue to circle around Paco's head in a counterclockwise direction.

I've circled all the way around Paco's head to the right side of his body. Even though I'm standing, notice how little space there is between Paco's body and my legs. It is important that you maintain constant contact with your opponent as you fight to regain control.

Pressing all my weight through my right leg and into Paco's right side, I drop my level and prepare to reassume side control.

Dropping down to both knees, I slide my left arm underneath Paco's head and my right arm underneath his right arm. From here, I can work to take Paco's back or reestablish the side control position.

I'm stuck in the bottom side control position.

Escape to Guard from Side Control Bottom &

This technique is a basic jiu-jitsu escape that takes you from the bottom side control position to full guard. All you're doing in this move is creating separation by scooting your hips out, and then sliding your knee between your body and your opponent's body to capture him between your legs. It's much better to escape to a top position or climb back to rn your feet, but getting to guard is much easier to accomplish. Once you've got your opponent in your guard, you have a lot more options at your disposal than you do from the bottom side-control position.

I'm stuck in the bottom side control position.

Pushing off my posted left leg, I scoot my hips back to create the separation I need to slide my right leg in front of Paco's legs. As I do this, I push on Paco's hips with both of my hands to prevent him from closing the gap I just created.

I jam my right leg in front of Paco's hips.

As I pull my right knee out from underneath Paco on his left side, I square my hips up with his body and hook my left leg over his back.

I scoot my hips to my right. This creates enough space to inch my entire right leg out from underneath Paco's body.

I capture Paco in my closed guard by wrapping my right leg over his back and hooking my left foot under my right foot. To control his posture, I wrap my left arm around the back of his head.

Pushing on Paco's hips with both hands, I circle my hips out in a counterclockwise direction.

I'm stuck in the bottom side control position.

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