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Knee On Soul: How To Make Them Tap From Pressure

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Knee On Soul: How To Make Them Tap From Pressure

Why put pressure? Pressure will wear them. It tires them and forces to either take the pain or open up and make a mistake.

Knee-on-stomach, or knee-on-belly, knee-on-chest, knee-ride, knee mount (uki-gatame), is a dominant ground grappling position where the top combatant places a knee on the bottom combatant’s torso, and usually extends the other leg to the side for balance. This position is typically obtained from side control, simply by rising up slightly and putting a knee on the opponent’s stomach or chest.

Knee-on-stomach is an advantageous position, where the top combatant can effectively strike similarly to in the mounted position, and also transition into various holds or other positions, and also easily disengage and escape if needed. It is not however considered as stable as the mount, which on the other hand complements the knee-on-stomach well, since it is possible to easily transition from one to another in response to escape or sweep attempts by the opponent. A common submission hold applied from this position is the juji-gatame armbar, which can be performed if the opponent extends his or her hands in an attempt to push the top combatant off.

The top combatant can sometimes submit the bottom combatant from this position by simply by using his or her weight to compress the torso, hence causing pain and compressive asphyxia. In order the submit the opponent, you have to transition from a knee on belly to a knee on chest/sternum or how some people call it: “Knee on soul”.

Judo Black Belt Screams in Pain & Taps to Knee on Belly vs BJJ Blue Belt at Ne Waza Competition

Rafael Formiga shows he likes to do it. The important detail is to elevate your heel from the ground and to sit on your heel to put as much pressure as possible.

It really does work: