Opponents can escape your sidemount in various different ways. This can be annoying especially if they are strong and explosive. However, like in all things in life, change creates opportunity - hopefully for improvement.
Sometimes when you have your opponent in sidemount, they can defend quite well by simply hiding their arms and protecting their neck. Sure, you have the dominant position but finishing them will be difficult. Now, I'm not saying you have to give them space to escape as bait, but if they happen to be giving you a hard time, embrace it and turn it into a submission. As you become more advanced you will be able to use it as bait for sure.
The position below is specifically if your opponent tries to escape using the underhook and transitioning into a single leg. This is a very basic and common escape, especially for people with a background in wrestling.
The instructor here is PJ O'Sullivan, a black belt under Jean Jacques Machado but is also running first Mendes Bros affiliate out of Hamilton, Canada. PJ is slick and these surprise attacks will really make your opponent's think twice before escaping your sidemount.
Photo by Marc Bourgeois
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