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Done in 4: Escape Bottom Side Control

Escaping side control is a very tough task. Here are some factors to consider:

Size of the opponent - Larger the mass, larger the movement of travel. It's not the size of the dog in the fight...yes, it sometimes is if one is a chihuahua and the other is a pitbull and they both have an equal hunger in the fight.

Weight of the opponent - Gravity is their best friend in this case and plays to their advantage. All they need to be is on top. Size is accompanied by this factor always. The part of the body exploited by the weight is also a great determinant.

Skill of the opponent - Knowledge, experience and application. Drilling is exactly what it is; its purpose is to give the body familiarity to the movement. The more you expose yourself to drilling, the more you grow these three values. For people who train the answer is obvious, you DO WANT to be the person with more knowledge, experience and application in a fight.

Extra environmental factors - Concrete floor vs mat, wide space vs in a corner, inanimate objects within reach, clothing factors, flak jacket, duty belt, and concealed carry are just some of the factors that would make you think about what you would decide to do first.


Bottom side control does not mean full disadvantage. If you think of fighting through a multi dimensional approach, you'll see that there are its pro's and con's.

Size - If you are smaller, typically you would be quicker to the movement. If they have mass then they also have the disadvantage of moving said mass.

Weight - If the bigger opponent has a slower movement, your weight is easier to move. As long as you can create space, you can create plays.

Skill - If you can play to your advantages, you can have the upper hand. Remember, knowledge, experience, and application. SO GET TO DRILLING and learn to love it.

Environmental factors - Simply put, the opponent may have gravity to his advantage, but you have the floor to push off of.


Think of this scenario now with roles reversed (you are now playing top position). Aside from the "bridge" in the video, is there anything different transitioning from side control to the mounted position?

You still have to start at a tight side control

Hand frames hip

Shin rides across belly till knee and elbow touches

Now ride those two points till you're on mount.

"All karate same-same" -saying on the mat.

Do what is hard today, do the impossible tomorrow

-Mr. Noi

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