Smooth Back Transition from Side Control by Rachel Demara

Taking someone’s back is one of the surest paths to victory. From that position, you have a wide range of offensive options while your opponent is forced to focus on defense. That means that you have shifted the balance in your favor on the chessboard, checkmate is within reach, and they have to find some way to recover.

That’s the situation we want!

The technique below will help you get there more often, and I’ll add a different explanation of the details to help you understand it more clearly.

Side Control Back Take

What do you think the most important grip is in this whole transition? If you think about it for even one moment, it becomes obvious. It’s the far lapel grip, and it offers you the following benefits:

  • It increases the ease and effectiveness of your shoulder pressure.
  • It completely stops your opponent from turning into you effectively, so that leaves them one avenue of escape.
  • It makes it easy to pull your opponent into position for the back take.

With that grip and shoulder pressure, you know where they have to move to even create the possibility of escape. They must turn away, and you can stop that movement in its infancy by catching their arm. Then the back is yours.

It’s a simple and smooth technique that works on the principle of pressure and limiting your opponent’s options to only those that you desire. Play with it and feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

Rachel in Action

Rachel came up with me in the same environment at Evolve Academy, and she is our most accomplished competitor. In my experience training with her, there is no doubt in my mind that she is most lethal on the back.

I make a special effort to prevent her from getting to the position on me because I can’t get her off. She sticks to you like a monkey, throwing one attack after another at you. That’s the reason why I asked her to share some of her technique with the world, and in addition to that technique, here are some examples of her attacking from the back in competition.

Hope this post was helpful to you. Visit me at BJJ Canvas to see more of my work.

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