The fundamentals of side control escapes are:
- Recover forearm posture
- Get on one side
- Strong back foot
- Shrimp to create space
- Pull guard / Underhook to the knees / Back-and-forth
My partner for the side control drills that day was a strong blue belt with a solid judo background. The only problem was: he didn't want to go side control and just played from scarf hold which, naturally, has different escapes.
After a few goes, I told him that his scarf hold was very solid indeed but we should probably focus on the Side Control drill like everyone else. He gladly obliged.
I was applying all the techniques taught and escaping very regularly. Soon he was getting pretty frustrated and at one point said laughingly: "Liam you're showing me up."
No I'm not, I thought to myself. I'm showing that the techniques work.
When I got on top he couldn't escape. Not even once, even though I was going no more than 20%. Not because My side control is inescapable! But rather because of two things: