When you and your partner start from neutral(on your knees), are you "allowed" to stand during the beginning of the match? For instance, you start on your knees and proceed to a grab a sleeve/collar or get into some form of a clinch. While the two are engaged, would it be "allowed" for one to stand (enough for the knees to be off ground) to get leverage or better position? Someone pointed out I'm not allowed... that's why we start from knees to begin with. If you're gonna stand, might as well start standing. My view was that starting from the knees discourages single/double leg takedowns, throws, moves that require more space to execute; but standing clinched was fine. It was because there's less chance you'll interfer with someone else's session.