SKILLS

Side Control Sequences With Mike Diaz

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Recently on a trip out to California we had the pleasure of meeting up with Mike Diaz and Allen Hopkins. In Issue 25 Allen demonstrated some simple and effective escapes from back control. In this issue Mike’s going to show us two sequences from side control that are demonstrating the vision to think a few steps ahead of your opponent.

Mike is a black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. He started training with him back in 1998 and received his black belt from him 8 years later in 2006. Mike considers himself a very technical instructor. Along with jiu-jitsu, Mike’s been training other martial arts for more than 25 years. Mike is also a certified Ginastica Natural instructor, and teaches out of his school, Park City Jiu-Jitsu, in Park City, UT. www.parkcitybjj.com

 

Shoulder Lock from Side Control
This is a simple attack from side control with an unconventional Kimura finish. Your opponent might not discover the danger of it until it’s too late. Should he manage to escape, Mike demonstrates a more conventional armbar finish as an option.

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1. With your opponent in side control, block the hip with the right hand and control the head with the left arm.

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2. Move to sit-out side control. Bring your right leg across his body to trap his right arm.

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3. Bring your left leg over his head to pinch his right arm between your torso and thigh.

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4. Hug his arm tight against your body with your left arm.

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5. Move your body to a more north/south position with his arm tight against your body to finish with the shoulder lock.

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Armbar Option

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1. If your opponent punches his right arm out straight to avoid the shoulder lock, maintain control of the arm and get to your feet.

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2. Drive your right knee between his right arm and torso, all while keeping control of the arm.

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3. Drop back, squeeze your knees together and finish with an amrbar.

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Escape Counter

1. Your opponent manages to turn away from you to circle out before you can get your hook in. In this case, lie on your left side and step your right leg over his body to foil his escape.

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2. Hip thrust, putting pressure on the end of his arm and below the elbow to finish with an Armbar on his right arm.

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Gloss
North/South, also known as a four quarter, is a position where both combatants are inverted with their heads being pointed in opposite directions. The person on top is in the dominant position. There are a number of submissions from this position, such as a reverse triangle or the person on top can easily transition to side control or other attacks from that point.


 

Americana off Paper Cutter Attempt
The Paper Cutter is one of the first chokes we learn from side control, it’s effective, has a high-probability of success  and can catch even the best of them. Mike demonstrates the paper cutter from side control with an Americana should that not go right. Like any good grappler he’s even got a plan C with an armbar finish should A and B not work out.

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1. Working from side control, secure your opponent in place by using your right arm to underhook his right arm with your hand, reaching into his collar on the neck with four fingers in.

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2. Roll your weight to your right side so that you’re facing your opponent and grab his far collar thumb in with your left hand.

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3. Drop your hips to the mat and pull on his collar tightly with your left hand, leveraging your arm against his head to make the choke tight to finish.

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4. If he defends the choke by pulling on your elbow, or you don’t get a good grip of the collar, you can switch to an Americana on his right shoulder.

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5. Release the grip of his collar with your right hand and sit out to your right so that you’re facing his feet.

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6. Keep his right arm trapped under your armpit and bring your grip to just below his elbow.

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7. Quickly step your left leg over his right to prevent him from turning away.

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8. Bring your hands together and turn his elbow up towards his head to finish the Americana.

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