Join Date: May 2007
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
The options you have for defending a shoot depends greatly on the distance between yourself and the opponent.
If they're shooting from the outside, you could post your hands against his head and angle out. Or you could drop levels and post your forearms against his collar to 'block' the shot. You could underhook an arm to prevent him from getting a good grip on you, while throwing your hips back... Or, you could do a full sprawl.
When he leg-dives from the clinch, you can sprawl, sprawl, or get dropped. Underhooking an arm is still a viable maneuver, but its useless without the sprawl.
If he's already grabbed you, you can only sprawl with all your might... Force your hips back and your legs out of his grasp. But, more than likely, if he's grabbed you, you're already on your back. =[
(Tangent: I remember when I mentioned angling out to defend a shoot, I got some flak for it from someone... I recently bought that Mixed Martial Arts: The Book of Knowledge by BJ Penn, and he advocated something very similar. Hopefully, we can agree that he knows more than all of us, and that he's correct.)
As for the knee, people try it. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. However, if you REALLY dont want to be on the ground, kneeing isn't the best option. That's because, while you'll probably damage the other guy, you're handing him your leg.
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