Beat Down Position

As I mentioned in the introduction, the standard side-control position isn't optimal for striking because you're using your arms to maintain control of your opponent. However, transitioning to the beat down position opens up your striking options big time. To obtain this position, you want to force your opponent's near arm to the mat with your hand, and then trap it there by planting your knee on top of it. As long as you can maintain control of your opponent's far arm using your far arm and head, your opponent's face will be left unprotected, allowing you to drop an assortment of downward strikes with your free arm. Once you've achieved this positioning, your opponent is in serious trouble. It's still possible for him to escape, but he's going to have to use a considerable amount of energy to do so. Just keep dropping bombs until you knock your opponent out or the referee puts a stop to the abuse.

Having broken Troy's grip, I post my left foot back and come up onto my right hip. This allows me to wedge my left arm to the inside of Troy's right arm.

I drive the sharp part of my wrist down into Troy's jaw, forcing his head to the left. My action forces his hands apart.

Having broken Troy's grip, I post my left foot back and come up onto my right hip. This allows me to wedge my left arm to the inside of Troy's right arm.

I drive the sharp part of my wrist down into Troy's jaw, forcing his head to the left. My action forces his hands apart.

I trap Troy's right arm to the mat using my left shin. Notice how I plant my left knee on the mat above his right biceps.

Pinning Troy's right arm to the mat using my left hand, I wedge my left knee underneath my left arm.

I trap Troy's right arm to the mat using my left shin. Notice how I plant my left knee on the mat above his right biceps.

Pinning Troy's right arm to the mat using my left hand, I wedge my left knee underneath my left arm.

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I drop a hard elbow into Troy's face.

Troy can do little to protect his face, so I cock my left hand back to land another strike.

This time I drop my left fist into Troy's face. I will continue dropping a barrage of downward strikes until Troy taps or the referee stops the fight.

Keeping Troy's left arm wedged against my neck, I cup my right hand over his left shoulder. With his left arm trapped, I lift my left arm and prepare to drop an elbow to his face.

I drop a hard elbow into Troy's face.

Troy can do little to protect his face, so I cock my left hand back to land another strike.

This time I drop my left fist into Troy's face. I will continue dropping a barrage of downward strikes until Troy taps or the referee stops the fight.

I've secured the top side con trol position.

As I rake my elbow down the side of Butch's face, I let my weight fall to the mat, putting me back into standard side control.

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