The best way to escape Side Control or any other dominant position is by anticipating it and never really allowing your opponent to fully establish control.

Easier said than done when you are a beginner, but as you advance through the ranks, you will be able to apply this concept more and more, because you will have enough experience to recognize when you are too late trying to defend your guard and when it’s time to start executing the escape, before your opponent starts smashing you…

It’s all about timing and recognizing that you are about to get passed.

In the video above I show some live examples on how to anticipate and escape from side control before it’s too late.

Check it out!

Gustavo Gasperin
MMA Leech