Ground Fighting Series: Belly Down Float — Countering The Frame

Ground Fighting Series

Neil Melanson, known to legions of fans and grapplers as The Ground Marshal, explores countering the frame by utilizing misdirection. In Episode 2, he covers a technique called ‘Belly Down Float’ where he leverages the misdirection he creates in order to finish the attack.

Melanson also covers some important topics when it comes to the ground game. For instance, how to manage the space between you and your opponent. Or simple, but smart tricks to keep control when executing these kinds of techniques.

Before the session wraps, he also explores a couple variations of what he taught, making this a must see video. Now, it’s your turn. Practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning!


Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt).

Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.