Knee on Belly Attacks (Lachlan Giles)
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explores some attacks from the knee on belly. He starts the video by explaining that the near side arm bar is possible if our opponent is framing against us to prevent the guard pass. However, the near side arm bar is not a realistic option once we have an established the knee on belly position. For this submission Lachlan states that it is important not to have a low knee ride. Rather our shin should be underneath our opponent’s arm. Giles also states that it is important to keep hips low. Our knee should be cutting an angle. To finish the submission Lachlan’s far side legs comes over his opponent’s hand and curls in. Next Lachlan explores another great option from knee on belly. If we have an established the knee on belly position on our opponent it is likely they will frame against us. This is done in an effort to escape. Giles states that this pushing gives an under hook on the far side. Notices how Giles uses this under hook to pull his opponent to the side into an “Up and Crush” position. Pressure is key to this position. One way that Giles creates pressure by pointing his arm to his chest. He is palm up. To get to his opponent’s other side he pushes down on his opponent’s head and steps over. Lachlan steps right behind his opponent’s shoulder and brings his knee tight. Notice how his feet do not change position. Instead he rotates his body for the arm bar. Giles closes with the thought that it is critical to land 90 degrees to your opponent.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.
Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!