Side Control Escape – The Biggest Mistake That Everyone Does

Side Control Escape - The Biggest Mistake That Everyone Do

Side Control Escape is always a challenge against someone who knows what he’s doing. So, if you’re constantly making mistakes while trying to escape it’s going to take a lot of energy from you. And most important you’ll be frustrated with your performance, your training, the roll, and your Side Control Escape skills. And you don’t really want to spend valuable time on the mats in such an inferior position pinned in side control bottom.

Here is the tiny detail that is going to make a massive difference to your framing ability from the bottom. It’s also something that people in many side control escape instructionals are getting wrong. It’s about how to frame with a short frame correctly.

Anytime we do a frame we’re using a bone structure and not muscular structure to keep our opponent away from us. And that’s what is all about. We’re not trying to outmuscle our opponent’s whole body with just two hands. It’s hard, it’s exhausting and most of the time it’s impossible.

Side Control Top Position

Having Your wrist under the neck and another hand under our opponent’s belly or armpit and just try to bridge and lift will never work. If your opponents just clamp down having good control of your body and pinning your arm to your body you won’t make it. (see picture 1)

Side Control Escape 1
Picture 1

In that position, your opponent is using the best possible leverage. He’s pressuring your wrist to pin your arm. It’s terrible because you’re forced to use your tricep to create a distance. And against strong and heavy guy it’s gonna be impossible.

Bone Structure

So, what we really wanna do is to use a bone structure. (see picture 2)

Side Control Escape 2
Picture 2

People will say here that your opponent will just push your arm through an arm triangle you. But, what really happens then is, that you’re already ready to go for escape. Your opponent in this situation is actually pressing against your elbow and compressing your bone from your elbow to shoulder. And bones are designed to take force along their length.

So, whenever you get into position to use your wrist go a bit deeper with your arm to make your opponent pressure your elbow to shoulder bone. After that, it’s just a big and simple side bridge (see picture 3) and after that, you rotate and bring your knee, the one closer to your opponent, between you and him. (see picture 4)

Side Control Escape 3
Picture 3
Side Control Escape 4
Picture 4






You’re actually moving your opponent with your elbow and not with your hands. You should use the strength of a bone structure and not muscular structure to take the force.

We all know our framing and we all know our escapes and using this little detail of using the bone structure is going to take your framing and your escapes to another level.

Watch this concept of framing and escaping side control in a video below and remember to use it. It will make you a lot of good.

If you’re interested in all kinds of escapes from numerous submissions make sure to check out Tom DeBlass’ DVD instructional. It’s called Submission Escapes! It can really improve your escape skills. And when we talk about Tom DeBlass, he’s the guy who wasn’t submitted in competition for more than 10 years. Not even mentioning that Tom DeBlass’ guard is almost impossible to pass. He’s been working on it for the last 15 years and it’s nearly perfect. Check Tom DeBlass’ Half Guard DVD Instructional named Half Domination

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