In this video I show a way to manipulate the foot to escape Knee on Belly.
While it is being shown from Knee on Belly please keep in mind that this relationship works from a lot of different places. I’ve had a good bit of success pulling the foot in between the legs for a long time, primarily when my partner/opponent tries to hide their foot from the outside Single or when I try to grab the ankle. When they try to pivot the foot away it becomes easily accessible.
When attempting this move as it is being shown the hardest part will be grabbing the ankle. Expect to be crossfaced during the transition and focus on getting your belly to the floor rather than turning into them. It will be a battle, but the more elevation you get with your body the more power is in this grip.
In the next video I show a very slick entry into this that makes it much easier, but knowing the mechanics of this movement and the pathway to the hands will make the other set up much easier.