Knee on Belly Defense (Generic)

Knee on Belly Defense (Generic)

Knee on Belly is a common position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, where one person is kneeling on their opponent’s chest while controlling their arms and upper body. It can be a dominant position, as the person on top has a lot of leverage and control. However, it’s also a position that can be difficult to maintain, as the person on the bottom can use various techniques to escape and reverse the position.

Here are the steps for defending against the Knee on Belly position:

  1. Start by lying on your back with your opponent in the Knee on Belly position, kneeling on your chest, and controlling your arms.
  2. From this position, it’s important to maintain a strong, tight posture. Keep your elbows close to your body and your hands in a good, defensive position, such as a frame or a guard.
  3. The next step is to create space between your body and your opponent’s. You can do this by using your hands to push against your opponent’s knee or shrimping your hips to create space and momentum.
  4. As you create space, it’s important to maintain control over your opponent’s arms. You can use a frame or grab their sleeves or wrist.
  5. Once you have created enough space, you can transition into a more advantageous position. One option is to go for a guard, where you wrap your legs around your opponent’s waist and control their upper body. Another option is to shrimp your hips to the side and escape to your feet or to a side control position.

Here are a few tips to remember when defending against the Knee on Belly position:

  • Maintain a strong, tight posture and keep your elbows close to your body. This will help you maintain control and prevent your opponent from advancing their position.
  • Use your hands to create space and momentum, but be careful not to overextend or lose control.
  • Practice defending against the Knee Belly position from both sides to become proficient at escaping from any position.
  • As with any technique, it’s essential to drill the Knee on Belly defense with a training partner to develop good timing and muscle memory.

I hope these steps and tips help you defend against the Knee on Belly position and improve your Jiu-Jitsu game. Remember to train safely and always listen to your instructor. Happy training!