How To Escape Side Control In Jiu-Jitsu

escape side control

The side control position is a fundamental pillar of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial art basics. Indeed, it might be a nasty position for several BJJ martial artists who find themselves at the bottom position due to difficulty to proceed an escape from the side control against a tough opponent, especially if the person on the top side control is an experienced jiu-jitsu practitioner. As a result, the side mount BJJ can often be mistaken, and difficult to handle for Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners.

Furthermore, many BJJ martial art folks perceive the side control position differently as they progress through Jiu-Jitsu. Within the beginning, they see it because the next cool position after passing the opponent guard, where they might apply massive pressure, get points, and prohibit the opponent from escaping the side control.

However, the students find that there are many cool things to try from the side control aside from the 100 kg pressure. Therefore, they begin to become dynamic players with an honest managing of submissions, transitions, timing, and weight.

How to escape side control BJJ?

The BJJ side control has become harder if you are underneath a heavier and stronger jiu-jitsu opponent. Thus, escaping side control is going to be difficult if the opponent has already controlled your head and arm.

It is important to understand the side control’s basics and the purpose to escape the side control. Therefore, you will find ways to neglect the opponent’s side control hold and the heavy pressure during this position.

Discover during this instructional video John Danaher BJJ fundamentals side control escapes.

 Source: Bernardo Faria BJJ Fanatics

Discover during this instructional video Marcelo Garcia’s side control escape BJJ.

Source: Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu

Discover during this instructional video Marcelo Garcia No-Gi side control escape jiu jitsu using the elbow push.


Source: Marcelo Garcia Jiu-Jitsu

Discover during this instructional video how to escape side control by chewjitsu.


Source: Chewjitsu


The Side Control has always been among the foremost powerful and dangerous positions in jujitsu grappling self-defense. It is extremely hard to escape the side Control when it’s performed correctly, and thus the position makes possible a multitude of attacks, which can easily overwhelm any BJJ opponent.

There is no well beyond the side control BJJ during a roll, whether you are submitting or escaping. 

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