GB Learning : Knee On Belly / Joelho na Barriga

Many jiu-jitsu students don’t realize that the knee on belly is a heavy pressure position AND a great position for smaller BJJ fighters to transition around their opponent’s defense.

Let’s see how some of Gracie Barra’s instructors attack from the knee on belly position.

1) Baseball vs Cross Collar from Knee on Belly
What is the difference between the standard cross collar choke and the Baseball Choke from knee on belly? This video from Gracie Barra Colorado Springs shows us the difference in grips.

2) Cross Choke from the knee slice position when passing half guard
Multiple time World Champion Romulo Barral is famous for his knee slice pass and combines it with a knee on the belly choke. Make your opponent choose to defend the pass or the choke to get the submission.

3) Knee on Belly Choke #1 / Estrangulamento Partindo do Joelho na Barriga
Prof. Jorge Monde shows a knee on belly choke known as Brabo choke with a clever entry to trap the opponent’s arm. Nice technique!

4) Baseball Bat Choke variation #2
Prof. Saldanha from GB Florianoplois shows a way to use the opponent’s lapel to execute a variation of the Baseball Bat choke.

5) Knee on belly escape: Stiff arm to ankle pick sweep
Prof. Draculino teaches a great knee on belly escape that protects you from being submitted while also reversing your opponent. This is my favorite knee on belly escape!

See also on Gracie Barra : GB Techniques: Triangle Choke From The Guard

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Instagram: markmullen.bjj