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25 August 2017

25/08/2017 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Heidelberg 2017 | Side control escape posture (Priit Mihkelson)

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BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Olympiastützpunkt Rhein-Neckar) Priit Mihkelson, Heidelberg, Germany, 25/08/2017

Like the open guard class earlier, this was an area where everything felt a lot more familiar than the material on half guard and turtle at Leuven. I have spent a huge chunk of my time in BJJ under side control, plus I have relied (far too much) on the running escape to lie there and stall. I was therefore eager to see what details Priit could add to the escape. There were a number of helpful tweaks, like bringing your arm further underneath. Priit also uses an arm position where he draps his arms, which reminded me of something I think I saw Saulo do as a 'survival' position under side control.

Elbow is near the legs, other arm is a bit higher, hugging yourself (elbow is by other hip, so elbows by both hips). Can also frame with the elbow by legs arm, other arm grabbing that bicep. If they cross face, look into the bicep. Don't turn too far away, just lift the shoulder a little. Or, all the way over to running escape. If they push really hard on the shoulder to get it down, use that commitment to shrimp and get your guard back.

Be ready to put in double underhooks too, like that knee cut defence. If you can turn towards them and connect knee to elbow, that double underhooks is waiting there for them. Can walk away in that hugging posture, aiming to spin up on your head (I think? That part looked a lot trickier). With the running escape, elbow is right under. Keep your legs close enough so they can't drive their knee in over the top.

As ever with Priit, I'll need to review the videos a lot, but I'm hopeful I'll be able to pick this up more easily than his other material, given I already spent plenty of time there. We'll see. ;)

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