All it takes is one opponent with really good control to stop your game plan in its tracks and dominate you from the top. Playing from the bottom has its benefits, but the top position offers a ton of opportunities for guard passes and submission setups. Whether you find yourself getting stuck on the bottom or not, the escapes and transitions from the bottom shown in this series are techniques that every practitioner should master to have a successful game.
Begin by understanding the game of guard retention and pass prevention and use these fundamentals as your first measure to maintain a good position from the bottom. Go over numerous options for side control escapes such as the elbow escape as well as creative options to pair with shrimping and bridging. Next, dive deep into the world of submissions that are possible from bottom side control.
Check out the best escapes from some of the most uncomfortable positions such as north south and scarf hold. End up on the top with these escapes and in a position to immediately start attacking. Use your opponents cross face to your advantage with a slick darce setup and learn how to properly use your frames to counteract the cross face. Implement the mechanics of these escapes into your game and quickly start to discover on your own all of the opportunities for transitions to submissions that they offer.
Getting stuck on the bottom can be one of the most defeating feelings in Jiu Jitsu. Proper guard recovery and escapes from the bottom are crucial to ensuring the full effectiveness of your game. In this series, Eli Knight takes his time to thoroughly break down the most common positions people get stuck in, while offering so many counter techniques that you will never feel as if you are out of options. Compliment your game with these high level techniques and check out his instructional now!