Bottom side control  is both a challenging and ubiquitous position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). As a practitioner, being caught underneath your opponent can feel disempowering. However, with the right knowledge and techniques, you can effectively escape, transition, and even launch attacks from this position. In this blog post, we will explore a variety of strategies to develop a comprehensive arsenal that will keep you ahead in the game.


1. Elbow Escape: One of the fundamental escapes from bottom side control is the elbow escape. Start by framing your opponent’s hip with one of your arms while using your other forearm to push against their shoulder. Replace your hip to create space and bring your leg back in between you and your opponent. Bridge and shrimp to regain the guard or establish a better position.

2. Bridge and Roll Escape: Another effective escape is the bridge and roll. This escape involves bridging onto your shoulders, raising your hips, and using your opponent’s momentum to roll them over. It requires timing, hip control, and a quick explosive movement. Once you’ve successfully rolled on top, capitalize on the advantageous position.

3. Knee-Shield Escape: The knee-shield escape is a versatile escape that can be used from bottom side control. Place one leg between you and your opponent, creating a knee shield. Use your knee shield to create space, establish frames, and maintain control. With proper timing, you can recover to a better position such as half guard or full guard.


1. Deep Half Guard: By utilizing the deep half guard, you can quickly transition from bottom side control to a position of control and attack. Secure an underhook on your opponent’s leg and dive your upper body underneath, establishing a safe, encapsulated position. From here, you can attack sweeps and submissions, catching your opponent off guard.

2. Lockdown: The lockdown is a popular transition used to control your opponent from the bottom side control. Insert one of your legs over your opponent’s thigh, locking it down. This position allows you to control their weight distribution and prevent them from progressing their position. With a lockdown in place, you can work on transitioning to more advantageous positions, such as the dogfight or electric chair.


1. Kimura Trap: The bottom side control position can be an opportunity to launch attacks such as the Kimura trap. By using your opponent’s grip on your head to your advantage, you can set up a variety of attacks, including the Kimura submission. Twist your body, controlling their arm, and apply leverage to force a submission or create enough space to escape.

2. Triangle Choke: While on your back from the bottom side control, you can set up a triangle choke. Utilize your opponent’s posture and movements to isolate one of their arms, and then quickly bring your leg across their neck to establish the triangle position. Proper technique and control are essential to securing the choke and forcing a tap.

Mastering bottom side control is crucial for any BJJ practitioner

With a solid understanding of escapes, transitions, and attacks, you can turn the tables and gain an advantageous position even when trapped underneath. Remember, practice, timing, and technique are the keys to success. Develop a well-rounded arsenal of techniques, and soon you’ll be able to confidently handle bottom side control situations and turn them into opportunities for victory.


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