Sidemount is arguably the pinning position you’re going to run into most often in BJJ. Most guard passes lead into sidemount, and from sidemount you can get to almost every other position (it’s kind of like the Grand Central Station of BJJ pinning)!
So it’s not surprising that there are a ton of different sidemount escapes involving shrimping, bridging, spinning, reguarding, etc.
But the reality is that not all sidemount escapes are created equal. Some work against white belts and blue belts, but mostly stop working at purple belt and above.
In fact when you watch high level BJJ competition you see one specific sidemount escape more than any other.
Here’s a detailed Youtube video about that exact escape.
Watch this video. Practice this technique. Then use it in sparring. And I promise it will save your butt on the mats someday!
Check it out:
P.S. This video is an excerpt from How to Defeat the Bigger, Stronger Opponent, Series 2, with Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mullins. Or, if you prefer, this 5 DVD, 10 hour set is also available as a series of 5 apps for iPhone and Android phones and tablets.