Typically when I am trying to escape from side control, I will bridge into my opponent and then bring my top knee through first and then my bottom leg. My goal is to replace guard as quickly and as efficiently as possible. So, this move requires a little bit of re-training.
I still bridge into my opponent the same way, but I bring my bottom knee through first, so that it’s across my opponent’s belly. I then straighten my body and square up, just as if I was using a knee shield from half guard.
As I straighten my body, I want to take my other leg and bring it in so that my knee is pointing upward and is in my opponent’s bicep and shoulder area. I am also controlling both sleeves at this point.
Now, the trick is to get my opponent to try to come under my top leg. So don’t fight it if that’s what he’s trying to do. We want to be able to get our leg around his neck so that it’s nice and tight in the knee. Bear in mind that normally we would take that leg and try to wrap the neck from the outside vs the inside like what we’re doing here.
Angle is going be critical so we want to get our opponent turned and turtled so that we’re perpendicular. That bottom leg, that has been on the belly, is going to shoot through so that it can lock up with the other foot to complete the triangle. To tighten up the choke, we need to pull hard on the outside arm. If we pull on the inside one too, it’ll simply create a lot of pain against the ribs, which may be alright in a competition.
As much as possible, we want a constricting motion. That means squeezing with our hamstrings. The natural tendency is to pull the outer arm while pushing with the hamstrings. This simply gets uncomfortable, but not tight enough to choke. I have found that if I walk my foot around, I can tighten up the triangle considerably and without a lot of effort.