I often here students talking about how they have a difficult time on the bottom. This is natural, especially if you're trapped under a more experienced grappler who has a solid top game. I also think it highlights something to think about. Most of us have heard the phrase, position before submission. You can know how to perform as many submissions as you want, but if you can't maneuver into a proper position to apply those techniques, all of your submission knowledge is a waste of time.
I don't remember exactly when it occurred to me, but at some point in my training, I began thinking fanatically about improving my wrestling. The actual implementation of that thought process came slower, but it's something that I constantly work on to improve. As a matter of fact, I get more excited when I learn a new move that betters my position, as opposed to learning a new way to apply a submission. But that's just me.
During Tuesday's class, I taught some butterfly sweeps. Afterward during open mat, I was doing some light rolling with Justin and he pulled off one of the sweeps twice! For me, that was exciting to see someone learn a new move and then turn right around and apply it effectively. I also know what a great learning boost it can be for a student who can get that instant feedback by experiencing its effectiveness. And just for the record, I didn't let him get it. He pulled it off both times.
This brings me to my point. I realize that not everyone gets as excited as I do about learning how to escape from side control, or mount, or half guard. I know this because of all the time I've been teaching, I rarely have someone pull me aside to ask me about the latest reversal they just watched on YouTube. Nevertheless, I think we all know that in order to improve your grappling skills, you have to have these skills in your arsenal.
Jerad filmed Ryan and I going through a number of different side control escapes. After we got done, I started thinking about all the escapes I forgot to include. So keep in mind this video is not intended to be an all encompassing tutorial of every side control escape, but rather a snap shot of the concept of escaping from side control.