Page 4 of 6Cross Side
A basic pin that uses body weight to control the opponent.
- Center your torso over the suspect from the side so that you are sternum to sternum.
- Raise your knees off the ground and stay up on your toes to center more weight on the opponent and to allow yourself to move with the suspect as he or she struggles.
- Keep elbow of your arm closest to opponent’s head tucked tightly into his or her neck or ear to limit his or her movement. Your forearm should be along the ground perpendicular to opponent’s body to provide a brace so you cannot be rolled off.
- Use other arm to hold opponent’s wrist or hip that is closest to you.
- Control opponent by placing your knee into, or your shin across, his or her stomach. Put most of your weight on to the opponent’s stomach to pin him or her down at the center point of his or her body.
- Your other foot is planted firmly on the ground away from the opponent’s head to help maintain your balance.
- Keep your back straight and your head up to prevent being hit in the face.
- If you feel yourself beginning to lose control, simply slide your knee across opponent’s stomach into a closed mount.