Escaping the sidecontrol is one of the biggest challenges any beginner faces and it’s paramount to mastering bjj or even just saying you have rudimentary skills.
Coming out of side control is no joke, especially when heavily outweighed by your opponent.
This type of feat is one of the reasons why it was always tremendous fun to watch Gabi Garcia vs Mackenzie Dern.
But how do you go about learning to escape a really tight sidecontrol?
Escaping Side Control is never an easy task, especially not against a skilled training partner. However, if you manage to create even just a little bit of space – you have an opportunity for an escape.
For example, you can escape by using the underhook. Lucas Lepri demonstrates how on the video below:
See all the best ways to create space and find escapes from bottom, including pendulums, c grips, stand ups, underhooks, and more.
- Get out of bottom position and right on the attack, with technical advice on how to set up omoplatas, ankle picks, back takes, and tons of other sweeps.
- Lucas is one of the most precise and effective grapplers and coaches in the world, with 7 world titles of his own and many successful students.