Side control is one of the strongest positions you can be in because of how much pressure you can put on your opponent, as well as the opportunity to launch a series of attacks.
In this video Sensei Douglas Santos starts by explaining some details about the position, and how your upper body, arms, hip and legs should be working to establish a solid dominant position.
Once you are in a classic side control you can use your opponent's lapel and pass it around below their head, feeding it to the hand you were using for the underhook.
From here, you can switch into a Knee on Belly control. If they don't defend you can quickly finish with a cross choke.
When they defend the choke, you can put pressure and roll forward. You will end up creating an incredible amount of pressure in your opponent's neck as long as you kept a steady grip on the lapel.
When your opponent frames against your neck or face with their far arm, sometimes they will make the mistake of extending the arm. If they do this, you have an opportunity to attack it.
Wrap the arm with your far arm as you switch your legs position and shift your hips away from your opponent. You will end up with their arm under your armpit, make sure their thumb is pointing to the ground and you'll be in a good position to finish the armlock by applying downward force from your armpit, and upwards force from your forearm or hand.
If your opponent turns their hand and you cannot find the right angle to finish the straight armlock, you can switch your grips into an Americana hold.
Once your grips are in the right place, turn your hips towards your opponent and drive their arm back into the other side of their upper body.
Finally, apply pressure and finish the Americana lock until they tap.
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