Originally Posted by IronMan
You have a free arm, I guess I thought that was kind of obvious. You can either lock one of their arms in your armpit, which works best for me, because I'm a little guy, while you swing the legs around to get efficient armbar position.
Once you have control of one of their arms, be prepared to eat some strikes. The faster your execution, the fewer punches in the face you have to take, but it takes a while to get to the level where you aren't taking any.
Ironman, Dude? Why do you insist on answering BJJ-related questions? He won't get hit by strikes, it's BJJ! And about the free-arm technique locking an arm? HUH?
Thoughts on getting out of side control in BJJ (gi,no strikes)
First of all, there are many side control positions, the one I will be talking about here is the chest-chest side control or 100-kilos position as many call it. That is, he is lying chest down on your chest.
Dont try to lock the guy, you only lock yourself. Some things you can try, in this order.
Establish a good position. One good position is placing one of your forearms against his throat and the other forearm against his hip. Now you have something to push away from and something to spin against. You should try to get one of your knees under your opponent, play around with the space and be sure to bother his throat when you push out. Be careful with your arms and keep your elbows tucked in to your body most of the time. This is so your arms dont get caught and so you have good leverage and position. If you successfully put a knee under his body, then you should know use this leg and knee to spin around even more, you can now with your throat-hand push on his shoulder or head, and you should try to spin so that you can hook your other leg inside his thigh. Then you pull out your first knee and bring it around the guy.
Reasons why it could be hard to do the above.
1) The person keeps his hips really low, so there is no space for your knee to slide in. There is no ultimate solution, he is simply heavier and he might be very good at making himself heavy. And maybe he also moves around very good and reestablishes his position all the time.
2) He is simply very aware of your attempts, because he is more experienced, and he knows how to counter them. This is also the reason that he caught you in side control at all, he might simply be better right now, not necessarily depending on technique, you said he weighed more. Try to drive the game from start and seek top positions where he cant put his weight against you. You might for example go into his guard or half-guard and try passing instead of trying to get him into your guard. Depends on what he wants to do also, of course. But you should be able to just push im down and get on top, in half-guard or full guard.
Since you are new to BJJ, this is also something you have to accept, that this is a totally new position for you. You should play around with his weight, try to get it off your chest. One very important thing to remember is that when you are lying on your back, you don't have very much power to move around, your strongest hip movement is the bridge, straight up in the air, and it's of limited use here.
3) He is holding you around the neck and controlling your head/shoulder/neck. This might seem like something small but if he has an arm around your neck then he has so much more control of your upper body and his body will follow your much more tightly, eliminating the space and time that you need for an escape. Try to establish your forearms in good positions, and if you can get your head free. This is harder than it sounds, so I would advise you to be very cautious and not let him get it their in the first place. It's a mini-fight by your head, every time he goes for your neck, you push him away. This might also be a good time to escape from the side mount position.
4) Depending on where his arms are you have different things to try. Play with the points below if you can't get your knee in.
Try bridging OVER your shoulder, and then slipping knees in. This can require some practice without a partner, you should bridge over your own shoulder away from your partner and then either push away from him. Or you bridge towards him and with some flexibility and practice you create space for your knee.
Try getting onto your side, you will have much more space to play around with.
You can also try getting a VERY good hold of the one of his arms that are near your head, and pushing it away, drive it by his head, and continue pushing it while you sit up. The grip I would prefer is the cloth near his elbow. This would twist his body facing AWAY from your head.
As a last resort, try getting on your back, and then on all fours. From all fours you have great driving power. This could leave you very vulnerable, especially when you don't even know all the positions too well and don't know what you are opening up too, but if you are against another white belt, they might not make to much of it, you can try turtling up, by putting your elbows inside your thighs, while on your knees and hands/elbows. This doesn't leave that many options open, and you should from this position try to face your opponent and eventually drag him into your guard or simply get up.
Also one last thing to remember. In sport-BJJ there is a passivity rule, the guy on top or in control can't stay in the same position for-ever, unless he is going for submission. So if he is just lying there, holding you down with all his power and doing nothing productive or striving for a better position or submission, then he will get warned, and eventually lose points. The escape is in the timing. Technique without timing is mostly useless. So when he moves around, you have a perfect opportunity to try something.
Hope you enjoy some of this. Have a nice day!