Video: Yamashita O Soto Gari Part 1
This is probably one of the most straight forward throws. The problem that most people have with it is they focus more on the leg kicking part and not enough on the upper body.
Make sure you step very close to their base foot, just enough space for your leg to go through. Drive the bus pulling down on their arm and up on their collar to get them leaning on the leg you are about to kick out lean forward as your leg reaps through for the throw.
Basic Side Control Knee Escape
Video: Side Control Escape Recompose Guard.mov
Side control escapes are some of the most sought after techniques. A lot of posts on BJJ subreddit have the subject of "How do I get out of the bottom of side control?", "Stuck in side control, any tips?", "In the bottom of Side control, I guess this is my life now." There's a reason that side control, mount, and back mount are dominant positions. They're supposed to be difficult to escape from. To add to that, I think Side Control is an easier position to learn and maintain than mount and back mount.
A couple of things that I help people with on this technique: bridging, breath control, and more hips less arms.
- Bridging: Bridge into your opponent in a way that would make them fall over if they didn't adjust their base. This is what is going to create the space to fit your knee in between you
- Breath control: Avoid taking that huge inhale before you bridge. It gives away your intention to the person on top. I try to bridge during an exhale.
- Hips: I keep my arms on my chest when I bridge. If you try to push them away it actually doesn't help create the space you want. If you use your arms too much you're more likely to get put into knee on belly.
Side Control Escape #1 - SIT-UP with Marcelo Garcia
Side Control Escape #2 - ELBOW PUSH with Marcelo Garcia
Side Control Escape #3 - HIP ROLL with Marcelo Garcia
Paint Brush (Americana) from Side Control
Video: Americana Submission from Side Control - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
The only major difference between the way we do it and the video is that we keep the first arm under the triceps as we push their wrist to the ground so it's ready to grab the wrist as soon as it hits the ground. I like to use my head to help keep the hand on the floor as I'm locking up the wrists. Use a throttle motion to get their pinky knuckle to the floor. Slide their elbow toward their ribs and you should only have to lift very slightly.