Inside the University 369 - Knee on Belly Escape

Inside the University 369 - Knee on Belly Escape

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Saulo's opponent has passed his guard and is pressuring down with the knee on belly. Rather than turn in or away, Saulo's first move is to diagonal crunch toward his outside leg, and he places his inside hand on the knee. He places his outside elbow on the mat and posts off it to escape his hips. Now he has the option to turn in to his opponent and possibly attack the single leg, or use his legs to recover the guard.


Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 11 - Knee On Belly Escape to Heel Hook

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Masakazu's opponent has knee on belly, so he brings his knee behind the leg and grabs it with his arm, also behind the leg. He bumps him to the side, landing with the leg next to him, in perfect to position to grab the foot and finish the heel hook. He also shows a variation where he comes to the top and passes right away.

Inside the University 82 - Knee on Belly Classic Escape and Running Escape Variations

Inside the University 82 - Knee on Belly Classic Escape and Running Escape Variations

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Saulo teaches three ways to escape the knee on belly. The classic approach relies on a quick hip bump with the right grips to topple your opponent when they have already established the position. The running escape to guard or running escape to single leg escapes move away from your opponent to either create the space to roll into guard or to get back on your knees. In all cases, it is important to cut down on the time of reaction for all of your escapes to increase the likelihood of escaping successfully.

White Belt University 3.4 - Knee on Belly Survival and Running Escape

White Belt University 3.4 - Knee on Belly Survival and Running Escape

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Saulo teaches how to survive in the knee on belly position and how to recover to a more neutral position using the running escape. He advises against using your hands to press on your opponent's knee. While it may be a natural reflex to use your hands to relieve the pressure of the knee on your hands, using your arms to push on their knee can provide your opponent with opportunities to attack your arm. Instead, we roll away from the knee and use our arm and knee to create a shield and rotate our hips out and away to make the running escape.

JJU 9-0 Knee on Belly Running Escape

JJU 9-0 Knee on Belly Running Escape

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Saulo teaches the knee on belly running escape. He explains that traditional knee on belly escapes allow your opponent to hunt for submissions and transition back into side control easily. The knee on belly running escape allows you to turn away from your opponent nullifying submissions attempts, preventing your opponent from returning to side control, and providing a path to escape to a neutral position.

JJU 5-0 to 5-6 Knee on Belly Survival and Prevention

JJU 5-0 to 5-6 Knee on Belly Survival and Prevention

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Saulo explains how to survive the knee on belly and position yourself for an escape. He also explains how to use your sensitive leg to prevent your opponent from getting the knee on belly position from side control.

JJU 5-4 & 9-0 Knee on Belly Survival and Escape

JJU 5-4 & 9-0 Knee on Belly Survival and Escape

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This video contains lessons 5-4 and 9-0 on pages 45 and 76 of the JJU book. These knee-on-belly escape lessons cover how to survive when your opponent has their knee on your belly and how to posture yourself to make an escape to a better position.

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