Although side control is not a dominant position, many times a fighter will find himself in this position, and he must be able to counter the enemy’s defensive techniques. The fighter should place his elbow on the ground in the notch created by the enemy’s head and shoulder. His other hand should be palm down on the ground on the near side of the enemy. The leg closest to the enemy’s head should be straight and the other one bent so that the knee is near the enemy’s hip. He should keep his head down to avoid knee strikes.