4-9. STRIKING FROM SIDE CONTROL
The goal of striking while ground fighting is to improve your position or create an opening for a better attack. In this case you would most likely be trying to mount.
a. Step 1 (Figure 4-99). Keeping your head low so that the enemy will not be able to knee you in the head, move your hand that is closest to the enemy’s legs into his armpit.
Figure 4-99. Striking from side control, step 1.
b. Step 2 (Figure 4-100). Move your other arm around his head and clasp your hands together. Lean your shoulder onto his head to keep his chin pointed away from you. This will make it more difficult for him to turn his body toward you to regain the guard.
Figure 4-100. Striking from side control, step 2.
c. Step 3 (Figure 4-101). Move your leg that is closer to his head into his armpit, driving his arm upwards until it is pinched against his head between your arm and leg.
Figure 4-101. Striking from side control, step 3.
d. Step 4 (Figure 4-102). Point the toes of your other foot toward the sky and drive your knee into his ribs.
Figure 4-102 Striking from side control, step 4.
e. Step 5 (Figure 4-103). When he changes his position to defend against your strikes, step over and gain the mounted position.
Figure 4-103. Striking from side control, step 5.
As with standup fighting, the best method to avoid punches is to stay very close to the enemy. Controlling the range is the key.
a. Step 1 (Figure 4-104). Pull the enemy into your closed guard and grasp him around the neck. One hand should be pushing his head and the other should be pulling it to defend against head butts and punches. Tuck your head in and control his punches with your elbows.
Figure 4-104. Defending against strikes in the guard, step 1.
b. Step 2 (Figure 4-105). The enemy will eventually become frustrated by his inability to land solid blows and will attempt to pull away. When he does so, slide your arms over his triceps and your feet to his hips. Control his punches with your knees. As he struggles to gain a position to strike from, you will have to continuously regain this position.
Figure 4-105. Defending against strikes in the guard, step 2.
c. Step 3 (Figure 4-106). Your hands are placed over the enemy’s triceps to keep him from getting his arms loose for big punches. He may however be able to free one of his arms. If he does so and attempts to land a big punch, push your knee toward the loose arm to extend the distance and reach to the inside of his punching arm. This will avoid the strike and allow you to regain control of his arm.
Figure 4-106. Defending against strikes in the guard, step 3.
d. Step 4 (Figure 4-107). The enemy may attempt to stand up. When he does you should sit up toward him, and when you have enough space to do so safely, stand up in base. You may need to use a kick with your bottom leg to create enough space.
Figure 4-107. Defending against strikes in the guard, step 4.