When I ask a mat full of first-year BJJ students if they have any questions or problems they have in rolling, inevitably a hand will shoot up.
“I get stuck underneath side control. Once they put the weight on me I can’t get out!”
Yep. This is one of the toughest problems when you are a white belt. In fact, it is the #1 problem experienced by first-year students.
Here are some techniques and principles to help you escape side control from two black belt instructors.
BJJ Black belt Kris Kim taught some side control escapes with great details
Kris Kim shows how to counter the keylock / Americana
These techniques should help you get out from under side control.