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Today I am here with Fabio Gurgel at the Alliance seminar in Chicago, Fabio is my teacher and one of my mentors in Jiu Jitsu.  Today he is going to show us one of the things that he does best, I think he is the best in the world at this position.  I used to joke with Fabio that if he competed again he should just let his opponent get the side control.  When we would do specific training and I would start on side control with Fabio I felt like a white belt, I couldn’t do anything to him and he would just escape so easily. Today Fabio is going to show us his favorite escape from the side control when he is stuck with someone much bigger than him on the bottom of side control.  Let’s check out the video below and then I will do a break down below.

Breakdown of Fabio Gurgel’s Side Control Escape Against a Bigger Opponent:

So guys what I like most about this position is how simple it is do.  Many times when we are on bottom side control we use so, much of our energy to try and escape the position but we should just focus on the fundamentals.
We get passed and start to freak out and bridge this way and bridge that way, and we never recompose the guard.  What Fabio does in this video is one simple grip that can create a strong frame.  The most important detail is that Fabio grabs the same side lapel.  This allows him to straighten his arm and create the frame that I can’t do anything against.
Fabio is the best in the world at this position; I don’t know anybody that can stay on top of him screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-47-41-pm in the side control.  This escape is simple and easy to use.  Guys try this out and hopefully it works for you! Also, if you have not already, download my free E-Book guys!  I really think that this can help you progress with your Jiu Jitsu!
If you want to learn some of my escapes check out my DVD about them below!


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