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Knee on Belly

Knee on belly is exactly that. You put your knee on their belly. Your near foot should be off the ground around their hip. Your far leg out far enough so they can barely touch it.

Knee on Belly is a controlling position that scores more points in the sport of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It can be difficult to maintain control in this position so make sure you are learning the position correctly or it gets annoying. You also MUST keep your weight on the opponent. Often when you are first starting out you don’t want to put your weight on a person. You have to for this position to work. People get used to it pretty quickly so try not to worry about it too much.

Why would I end up here?

Normally you are choosing to go into Knee on Belly. You can use it as a transition from Side Control to mount. You can also use it as a pinning position. In IBJJF this would score you 2 mounts for getting this position.

What are my techniques from here?

Foot Push Escape from Knee on Belly

Spinning Armbar from Knee on Belly

What should I be thinking from the top position?

  • Knee Wide
  • Don’t cross the center line of their chest with your upper body
  • Control their sleeve with one hand
  • Control their hips with your near leg
  • Your weight should be on them –This is tough to learn at first but trust me it will be ok! People get used to it. 
  • Knee all the way across the belly. You can also do the knee on the sternum but for us this is called Knee on Chest.
  • Getting closer to the things you want to attack
  • Bring your hip forward as you stand up

What should I be thinking from the top position?

  • Be on your side
  • Keep your arms tight
  • Don’t overextend your arms
  • Frame on their knee or elevate the foot

What is some of the additional information I should know?

Head Positioning

From Top

  • Head positioning – Keep your head just above their chest. If you bring your head too far away from your feet you make yourself lighter. Be a small tight mass. Try to turn their head to look away from you.

From Bottom

  • Head positioning from the bottom is super important. Try to not let them get ahold of your head


From Top

  • Collar and Sleeve Grip – Grab the near sleeve and near collar

From Bottom

  • Normally don’t grip. Create the movement with your hips and control their arms and shoulder with your arms and hands.
  • Grip the collar 
  • Grip the Sleeve
  • Grip the Collar and sleeve 
  • Grip the Cross Sleeve


From Top

  • Be Super loose and control the hips and head. –

From Bottom

  • You want to create a lot of space.

Opponents Submission Setups

From Opponent on Bottom

  • Baseball Choke

Weight Analysis

From the Top

  • Your weight needs to be on your butt for the most part.
  • Do not allow your opponent to separate from you.
  • Stay with the chest on their chest

From Bottom

  • Your weight will be on the mat but you can manipulate it by getting off to the side and using your hips to escape

Ideal Body Type

  • Works for all body types

Leverage Points

From Top

  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Head
  • Wrists

From Bottom

  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Knees

Pro Grappler to Review

  • Orlando Sanchez