Basics Under Side Control

Here’s some basic positioning under your opponent’s side control, plus a few simple techniques you can do there.

So, you want to consider where your arms go, where your legs go, and where your head should be.

So, you want to consider where your arms go, where your legs go, and where your head should be.

If your arm that’s close to your opponent is trapped between his knee and arm, it’s vulnerable to attack. So, you want to keep your elbow to your side and your hand to his hip.

That gives you some push and control on your opponent. You can push away and put him in your guard, or reverse him over to the other side.

Your other arm could be under his low arm, between his arms, above his high arm, or braced against his neck.

Putting it under his low arm protects that arm from submissions pretty well. If it’s between his arms, that puts it in a position where it can be attacked with an americana keylock, a kimura armlock, or other attacks.

Best is probably tucked and braced against his neck and shoulder.

Your head is best if it’s under behind his arm, rather than having his arm under your head. You can prevent him putting his arm under your head by putting your hand to your head and creating a “wedge” that stops his arm from going under your neck.

About your legs: you don’t want to have your legs straight on the ground, otherwise he’ll simply mount you. It’s best to put your one foot inside your other leg, and your knee to his hip. Never put your foot on top of your other leg.

Stay off your back and on your side… flat on your back is a hard position to move from.

Generally, if you push your opponent away and he doesn’t push back, you can put him into guard.

If you push a way and he does push back, you can roll him over top of you for a reversal.

If you push away and he stays neutral, you can come up and go to his back or grab his leg for a reversal.

As far as submission, 3 you can do are arm bar, elbow lock or spin underneath him for a brabo (darce) choke.

Keep training!