Re: When Should You Turn Your Face Away When Being Pinned....?
I turn my head because in my dojo on a sankyo lock, the tori's knee is placed very close to the head--too close on many occasions. I'd rather the back of my head got hit by a knee than my nose. As for leaving the back of my head open, all I can say is, if tori knows what he's doing, then he can pretty much do all the damage he wants to me, and the position of my head won't matter much. If he doesn't, then I can get out. I know one escape with the face pointed away, another where uke faces toward tori and rolls him over into an armbar. But as you say, it only works if the "pin" doesn't pin.