These are 5 of the most practical submissions from Side Control. These submissions are used quite a bit and some of them pair really well together.
#1: Basic Wrist Lock: It’s very common for your partner to frame up and have one hand in the neck typically. So we’re going to take our chin and put it right on the wrist. As we press our chin in, you’re starting to flex his wrist. Then we’re going to open the elbow. I actually want his elbow on the ground. Our other hand comes in and reinforces it, we drop our right shoulder and we finish the wrist lock.
#2: the sneaky – Lapel Choke: We’re going to be using our own lapel. It’s called the lapel choke. If it’s not already loose and out, we’ll pull it out. Obviously, we don’t want to make him aware of it. We’re going to grab the tip of the lapel, palm away. We’re going to feed the arm under his head like we’re holding side control. Then we’re going to loop the elbow as we continue to hold the tip of the lapel. Finally, it’s similar to a bread cutter, where we just force our elbow to the mat and get the tap.
#3: Basic Americana: We’re going to pin down his wrist to the mat with our right hand. Then with our left hand we’ll go up under his arm gripping our own wrist. Drop our hip, lift his arm while bringing his elbow to his hip for the tap.
#4: Kimura: When he defends the Americana and he rotates the hand down we’re going to switch. My right arm goes under his shoulder. I like to use my chin to keep tension on the arm. And we pull our left arm out, grab the wrist, pass it off. Now from here you could switch your hips and throw the leg over. Or we’re going to step, rotate him sideways, square him up and finish the Kimura.
#5: Basic Armbar: If he grabs his belt or grabs his gi, we’ll pull the hand out grab his knee. Sit and turn to finish the basic Armbar from side control.
That is 5 really practical submissions you should practice on a daily basis and get good at them because these are the bread and butters that will make a difference between winning and losing.
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