The cradle, like the parallel leg ride, is one of those situations that you never want to get into. It's one of the hardest things to get out of, which also makes it very nice when you get one offensively. You'll have your opponent's head hooked with one arm, a leg hooked with the other, and your hands locked in between. Try to go for a nice butterfly lock, as all of the others are subpar in comparison.

Once you have a cradle locked up you should be able to at least score some back points, not to mention pin your opponent. Try to keep your lock towards the head so he can't kick out easily.

Near Side Cradle

  • #1: Crunch Cradle: Push him to his hips, lock near leg with both legs, walk to head
  • #2: Spladle Cradle: Lift top leg, hook bottom one (turk), fall over head
  • #3: He doesn't fall over, pull near leg, keep head in side, roll to the right
  • #4: Back bridge, high leg over

Cross-Face Cradle

  • #5: Sit through... carefully
  • #6: Drive into, push over
  • #7: Try to drive into, then quick roll through
  • #8: Head-stand cradle, jump over back, push head under with shoulder