I found three more ways to defend against side control in BJJ. This time, they come from Ricardo Cavalcanti of Carlson Gracie Las Vegas.
I’ll tell you right off the bat, these aren’t as slick looking as the side escapes and submissions from Roy Dean I showed you last night. They aren’t demonstrated as technically either. But, they may be more effective in that they are much more realistic.
In last night’s side control escapes, Roy Dean showed us a few techniques that relied heavily on leverage and momentum. While I try to base my BJJ game around those things, many times they just don’t work. I suppose that’s why I’m still at it – to get better. BJJ is all about leverage and momentum. The thing is, oftentimes opponents are unpredictable and leverage and control just aren’t there. At times like that, the basics, coupled with good old fashioned strength come into play.
I know, I know, I’ve railed against using strength in the past. I’m still trying to figure it out. But for the time being, it’s worth mentioning.
In the video below, Ricardo Cavalcanti shows us his version of three side escapes that work for him. At his level, these are worth review.
Learn 3 Ways of Escaping Side-Control in Jiu-Jitsu