Learning The Side Mount To Mount – Knee Drive
Anyone who’s starting out in JiuJitsu, A.K.A the White Belts, have to soak up all they can about bjj in order to progress further and be more capable fighters.In this article, we’re going to show you one of the more basic, yet vital mounts – the side mount to mount (knee drive).
The knee drive is a devastating transition that, if done correctly, could lead to not only a successful mount, but also leave your opponent wide open for all sorts of punishment.
To do this, here’s a step by step guide.
- Start by assuming a side mount position where your right knee is pressed against the hip of your opponent. Be sure to check first if no submission holds are available and if there aren’t any, proceed to succeeding steps.
- Check your opponent’s knee. If it’s up to prevent you from stepping over, grab hold of their belt.
- Then, slide your right knee into your opponent’s stomach, pressing on it in the process. This will apply pressure and leave your opponent open, even if it’s just for a moment.
- Continue sliding the knee until it’s firmly on the ground. Be sure to NOT let go for the belt until you’ve made sure that you’ve secured your footing.
- Once you feel like you’ve secured yourself, let go of the belt and take up the mounted position.
Learning mounts takes time, so if you don’t get it the first time, don’t worry. Many others before you also took their time to learn the basic execution, and many more have spent dozens, if not hundreds of hours practicing this one routine repeatedly.
Try to practice this as much as you can, along with other basic mounts and techniques. If possible, practice with the supervision of your professor or coach. Given your inexperience, it may be best that you practice with someone who’s far better than you are, or even with your coach, so that you’re given pointers on how to do it the proper way.
It may also benefit you if you watched your fellow practitioners compete from the sidelines. That way, you’ll see just how these types of techniques are done in real time and just how effective they are. If you’re with your coach, then that’s even better as they can point out the mistakes made throughout the different matches and teach you a thing or two about how to do them right.
Other things that you’ll want to learn is to learn how to relax, how to be more patient, how to control your ego and most importantly, how to breathe properly. These things, as small as they may seem, go a long way in helping you progress within the BJJ belt system.
Overall, BJJ is a martial art that takes years and years to master. Even when you’ve mastered, there’s still a lot to learn and improve, as such, to be a bjj practitioner also means to be a student of it for the rest of your life.