Articles in the Side Control Category
Starting in Closed Guard – to attack their right arm, your left side
1. Swim with hands and lift knees forward to pull them down onto you
2. Over hook left arm, bicep check right arm as you hip escape back onto your right hip
3. Immediately kick your left leg up across their shoulder to keep them from posturing
4.From the previous position, the trigger position, hit the Oma Plata by kicking the left leg over in front of their face. Post on their hip with your other foot, your right foot to help you rotate and continue to trap the arm you are attacking by pulling their elbow down onto your hip with the over hook hand.
5. To flatten them, kick your attacking leg straight.
6. Figure four your legs and switch the hands so that your right hand is pushing thier trapped hand against your hip.
1. Sit-up over their back
2. Grab their far arm with both your hands (you can let go of the hand now)
3. lift your hips.
To Sweep to side control (If you’re having trouble sitting up or if they are too tall)
1. Grab their pants below the knee with your left hand (you should now both be flat. they are belly down, their head by your feet. your are belly up, your head by their feet.)
2. Stay straight and roll them over your body.
3. Walk your legs towards you, away from their head, and establish side control.
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Here are the 2 techniques to open the closed guard from class this week. The first one, the “Lunge” does not require the player inside the closed guard to stand up. the second on, the “Sleeve ‘n Stand”, does.
Grab the gi above belt and hold. you don’t need to apply pressure. (Keep your elbow on the inside of your opponents leg to avoid an oma plata.)
With your other hand, grab your opponents waist above their hip, and place your elbow inside their thigh. (This hand will be opening the guard and checking their hip.)
Nest, put your knee, on the gi grip side, next to their tailbone.
Open the guard by kicking the other leg back, like a “lunge”, posting on your toes on that leg, and then rotating your heel down as you twist your hips and push with the tailbone knee to pop the guard open.
“The Sleeve ‘n Stand”:
Start this pass by securing the lapels grip, but this time turn your palm so that your knuckle face your opponent and your palm is down. You will be using this hand to keep them down, should they try to pop up as you stand.
With your free hand, grab one of their sleeves by rolling your fingers under the outside of their sleeve and turning your palm up as you close your fist.
Pull this sleeve grip up to your hip, keeping your elbow inside their thigh.
Stand by rocking laterally and planting your sleeve-grip side foot and then stepping up with the other one. (Always step with the sleeve-grip side foot first to avoid the sweep.)
Once you are standing, release the lapels and grab the inside of their knee with that hand.
To open the guard, lean away from the knee as you straighten that arm. Once the arm is locked, lean down on that knee to pop the guard open.
*You must maintain posture or neither of these will work.
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This is a good chain of choke attacks from side control (and possible half guard top, if you are high up).
1: try for the guillotine first. Top arm loops under and around your opponents neck beneath you. If you can clasp your hands, roll to your back as you throw your top leg over your opponents body and “rock the baby” to finish. IF you cannot clasp your hands because they are fighting your hands, THEN
2: Punch your top arm under their top arm and under their neck to the Darst set up. gable grip your hands. Pull towards your hip to get their head close to you and your arm deeper. Grab your bicep with your bottom arm and their trap with your top arm. Post on your toes and elevate your forearm to crank the finish. (if you have ample pressure on their top trapped arm, you will get the choke, otherwise, it’s a crank.) IF they know your Darst intentions and won’t let you punch through, Then go for the armless Darst Choke.
3: Instead of punching under, just slide your am under thier neck, but not too deep, your elbow should not be under their neck, but your forearm should. Lock up the Darst grip (bicep, top hand is on top of the front of their shoulder this time though. ) Critical detail: now slide your own shoulder down so that it is on top of their neck, and curl your bicep to get the choke. You are basically doind a curl with their neck between your forearm and your bicep.
Choke, Side Control, Submission »
Thanks, Walker. This is a cool pass and it is always nice to learn things that work both Gi and NoGi.
This is a lower body pass, involving controlling your opponents legs, tripod-ing, freeing your trapped leg, and ending in side control.
Start From Half-Guard Top, your right leg is trapped in Half-Guard :
1 – Dive your head down, end posting on it with your left ear on your opponents left hip, and putting heavy pressure on your opponents solar plexus. (be heavy to prevent choke attempts)
2 – lock your wrists around your opponents legs. Try to be between their hips and knees, but closer to their knees.
3 – squeeze your arms together to weaken their leg clamp on your trapped leg.
4 – kick your trapped leg back and move to side control.
5 – Back-turn, scoot your back up their body and prepare to mount
Option starting from closed guard:
A – grab opponents armpits. lunge knees forward, like you’re doing squats. Repeat this until their guard opens.
B – Push their right knee down with your left hand, while you pin their left hip with heavy pressure from your right hand.
C – pass into half guard, go to 1 above and start.
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When you are under side control your opponent may “backturn.” Especially if you are pressuring under their neck. If this is the case your escape may involve you sitting up.
(If you time it right you can just sit right up and completely reverse your opponent. This is not a high-percentage move and usually works best with a lighter opponent. You hit this reversal by keeping your fett very close to your butt and as your opponent backturns, your kick and swing your hips out. Think pommel horse in gymnastics, or breakdancing, depending where you hail from. )
If you are like the rest of us, then this second alternative will likely work better.
1) Start with your opponent in side control on your right. Free your inside arm. Keep your elbow down and your hand on your opponents hips to keep them from rotating into north/south.
2) After they back turn move your free hand into their armpit outstretch and lock your arm. This keeps them low on your body and off your chest and allows you to work on freeing your other arm. Rock from hip to hip to free your outside arm. (Try turning towards the outside, but be careful not to give up the back.)
3) Now that both arms are free it’s time for them to get off of you. Put both your left hand in their armpit and your right hand on their hips, but don’t extend your arms fully. Now prepare to bridge by scooting your feet towards close to your butt.
4) explosively bridge up. Go for height. Next, before your drop forcefully extend your arms shoving your opponent away from you as your body drops. As you drop, scoot your hips as far back as possible.
5) Now that you are sitting up, grab your opponents belt with your left hand (this is like the conter to a single-leg.) Keep pressure down on their neck with your elbow.
6)Take the back by continuing to scoot your hips out and trying to kick out the near knee and grabbing the far armpit with your right hand, rolling your opponent towards you backwards.
7) End in back control.
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The second part of escaping side control is re-establishing yourself in a more dominant position. You will aim to put your opponent into your guard. But depending on their reaction, you may end up sweeping and landing in side control.
Picking up where the last post left off, you’ve just bridged away escaping your hips aways from your opponent. Now we’ll focus on closing the distance back in and re-establishing. (In general you usually want a lot of space or to be very close to your opponent. When you are neither close nor far don’t hang out there.)
Start hip escaped out. You are on your right hip. Your right hand is fully outstretched, pushing against your opponents left hip, maintaining your distance.
Getting to Guard:
IF your opponents right arm is not planted on the mat (which would block your legs when you moved in to get guard)
THEN go for guard. – Grab the back of your opponents right tricep with your left arm (overhook). Next, take a big step in with your top leg, your left leg and plant it next to your opponents hips. Start to place your guard by sliding your right (bottom leg) knee in, over your arm that’s posting on their hip. End with your ankle between their legs. Next swing your left leg up onto your opponents back. Now underhook your opponents left arm with your right arm. Now flop onto your left hip by pressing down with your left heel on their back and locking your hands and applying pressure behind your opponents left arm with under hook. Slide your right foot out and lock your legs to complete guard.
Taking the sweep to side control:
IF your opponents right arm IS planted on the mat
THEN go for the sweep. – Kick your right leg under you so your hips are facing down. Reach inside and under your opponent and grab their pants behind the knees. Base up onto your knees , pulling yourself in tight to your opponent. Keep your head low and tight into your opponents knees. Pop your head out to one, stepping up with that leg as your pull your opponents knees up to that side and push with your head to sweep. Land in side control. After you establish side control, let go of the knees.
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Being under side control is a drag…. Let’s discuss how to get out of this unfavorable position by breaking it down into 2 categories: 1 – The Bridge, and 2- Re-Establishing (a better position for yourself). In the following example, your opponent is on your right, on top of you.
You will be bridging twice, once to get your opponent off of you and a second time to create more space for yourself. There are 3 options, depending on where your outside arm is: Underhooking your opponent, Inside your opponents underhook, and finally inside your opponents underhook and pinned by your opponents head
One important purpose of the first bridge is to get your inside arm elbow down on the mat. If your opponent has this arm up off the mat, you must maneuver until it’s free and touching the mat. Once the inside hand is free, cup your opponents bicep and block their top arm from reaching around the back of your neck. When you’re under side control is really starts to be awful when your opponent traps your neck and immobilizes you and makes you uncomfortable.
IF you have an underhook that is great. You may be able to heave them forward so far that you can take the back. Often, however, your opponent will be tight on you, pinning your under hook very close to your side. Instead of trying to lift them up with your bridge, start your bridge moving your arm out to your side (like you’re making a jiu jitsu snow angel).
IF you are underhooked then bridge up and crossface the top of their head. Hitting their head at the top will give you the most leverage to direct their head and body away from you.
IF you are underhooked and your arm is being pinned and they are keeping their head down tight to your body (they may be back-turned at this point) then grab their collar and edge your elbow under their chin and then bridge by throwing the elbow up, pushing their head away and over your shoulders.
After you’ve moved their weight a bit, follow with another bridge to get enough space to re establish. Straighten your inside arm and push your opponents hip as you bridge again and scoot your hips back a second time. (There can be more bridges, but it’s good if you can do this fast, so 2 is a good target number. If you can do it in one, even better.)
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1 – Your opponent hip escapes, rolling onto their right hip, facing you.
2 – Close the distance by planting your right knee as close to their hips as possible.
3 – Crossface under their head with your left arm.
4 – Windshield-Wiper your right foot up over their legs.
(This is reminiscent of stapling in the knee through gurad pass. In the guard pass you staple, by leading your knee. Here, you staple by leading with your foot.)
5 – Kick your left leg over behind you. This puts your hips behind them. Immediately slide your right knee up behind their shoulders into the heroin needle hook position.
6 – Immediately get Garcia back control with your left arm under their left arm and your right arm over their shoulder. Bottom arm grabs top (left hand grabs right wrist.)