Jean Jacques Machado is a former national and international grappling tournament competitor whose legendary skills in Brazilian jiu-jitsu recently garnered him a coveted red-and-black-striped belt from BJJ icon Rickson Gracie, not to mention an induction into the Black Belt Hall of Fame as its 2011 Instructor of the Year. In this exclusive video filmed at Black Belt magazine, the seventh-degree black belt and author of two best-selling books, The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 1: Gi and No-Gi Techniques and The Grappler's Handbook Vol. 2: Tactics for Defense, demonstrates and explains two escapes from side control.


BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU VIDEO Seventh-Degree Black Belt Jean Jacques Machado Shows You Two Ways to Escape From Side Control

As Jean Jacques Machado explains in the video, it is important to get out from under the opponent when he's got you in side control. "Common position here, I'm defending," he says, setting up the technique demonstration wherein he gets his knee out from under his opponent (in this case, Grappler's Handbook co-author Jay Zeballos) and sets up a situation in which it would be "natural [for him] to push my leg and pass my guard."

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And, of course, there's a catch (or, in this case, a hook) as Zeballos attempts to pass Machado's guard. Machado pushes his opponent's left leg out from under him and hooks his arm, destabilizing his center of gravity. During this elegant escape, Machado's entire body axis changes so that Zeballos is beautifully flipped onto his back. Machado then circles around to establish his own side control, thus turning the tables in his favor. For the second escape, Machado explains how "you can also go for what we call a 'crucifix.'" With Zeballos in side control once again, Machado proceeds to get his right knee up and to push Zeballos away with his left knee. This time, though, Machado inserts his right leg under Zeballos' left arm and hooks under it while pulling himself under Zeballos to catch that same left arm with both legs as he brings them around to roll Zeballos onto his back. Machado hooks Zeballos' right arm with his own, and Zeballos lands perpendicular on top of Machado with arms extended, forming an image reminiscent of a crucifix. Machado then gets his left arm under Zeballos' chin to press the choke and finish the submission.
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