You’re neither the first nor the last person to have gotten stuck in side control and wished there was an easier way out than what you’d already been taught. Sometimes, though, the best way out isn’t necessarily what you’d expect.
This video from Invisible Jiu-Jitsu‘s David Morcegao discusses how “pancaking” (a.k.a. flattening out) could be a surprisingly efficient way to help you escape your opponent’s side control. Check it out and see if this technique could work for you!