Side control is one of those positions that is just plain horrible. Our opponent can mount attacks, we can’t, they can stall and rest, we’re carrying all of their weight, and they torque their weight into our necks. Needless to say it is not fun to be in bottom side control. What is also discouraging about the position is they can rack up points on our escape attempts with re-passes.
If you’re in competition in the absolute division as a little guy, this is the last place you want to be. Someone who is not very skilled at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can dominate someone in this position simply because of how strong it is.
Here is a great way to escape and we’ll be covering it today. Pedro Saeur, a coral belt under Rickson Gracie shows Bernardo an invisible detail which makes this side control escape so effective.
Sauer blocks Faria by trapping both his arms and controlling his hip. Once he has this control, he is bridging up onto the balls of his feet.
He then uses a traditional bridge to create space to escape with the hip and recover the Guard.
Here are some great details from Pedro Sauer: