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Knee on stomach demonstration
Knee-on-stomach is sometimes seen as a relatively unstable position.
StyleJujutsu, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch wrestling
AKAKnee-on-belly, knee-on-chest, knee-ride, knee mount and uki-gatame, floating hold, Neon Belly
Parent holdSide Control
Child hold(s)floating knee-on-belly, pressure knee-on-belly
AttacksStriking, Armbar

Knee-on-stomach, or knee-on-belly, knee-on-chest, knee-ride, knee mount (uki-gatame, 浮固, "floating hold"[1][2] in budō), 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.


Bas-relief of knee mount. Located at Angkor Wat(1100's A.D.) in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

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 using his or her weight to compress the torso, hence causing pain and compressive asphyxia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lewis, Bill. Neil Adams - Armlocks (Book Review). URL last accessed March 4, 2006.
  2. ^ Kawaishi, Mikonosuke (1955). My method of judo. W. Foulsham & Co.

Further reading[edit]

  • Gracie; Renzo, Gracie, Royler; Peligro, Kid; Danaher, John (2001). Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and technique. Invisible Cities Press. ISBN 1-931229-08-2.
  • Page, Nicky. Groundfighting 101. URL last accessed March 4, 2006.
  • Thomas, David. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Notes: Knee on Chest. Technique Catalog. URL last accessed December 13, 2006.
  • Kawaishi, Mikonosuke (1955). My method of judo. W. Foulsham & Co.

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