What if your opponent crunches up really tight and you can’t get your knee under their knee? This is when we can try forcing it, by taking advantage of the bodies mechanics. We do this by forcing their knee further down into their body (with your knee being on top of theirs). Much like a spring, we release tension by straightening our leg, allowing their leg to bounce (we can also aid that by pulling their knee along). As their leg pops up, we can then force our knee on belly.
A secondary option is one I use regularly, which is to use our hips to propel our shin into thrust into our opponent’s defending leg, causing them to turn away from us and exposing their back. This once again gives an opportunity to establish knee on belly.
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