When I first learned the knee on belly position I was told that you should use it for two reasons…
- Get two points in a tournment, and/or
- Put so much weight on your opponent and making him so uncomfortable that he would open up his defences and give you the chance to armbar or choke him.
Now points and pressure are still totally valid uses of the knee mount. For example, I think using it to crush the bug can be justified when you’re facing a totally defensive opponent.
But the knee on belly isn’t only about pressure: it’s ALSO about movement.
Using it to transition around your opponent can give him the illusion that he might be able to escape. If he takes the bait then that can create a lot of openings for your attacks.
You can go from knee on belly to sidemount, to full mount, and to knee on belly on the other side of his body.
You sometimes see the incredibly gifted Mendes brothers styling on their opponents using the kneemount.
Now it might seem far-fetched to do these sorts of movements and transitions, but the truth is that with a little practice you too can incorporate most of them into your own game.
Here’s the video from the Guard and Top Game Formula app that goes into some of the exact techniques you might use to move around and stay on top with the knee on belly position.
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