how to use your arms in Bottom Cross Side in BJJ


Hey everybody, Ritchie Yip here. Just talking about a BONUS technique to our ultimate cross side escape system. What if Stephan is in top cross side and  has my neck, he’s controlling my jaw, and he is crushing me out. What would we do then?

In this video, I’m going to talk about my favourite way to get out this terrible predicament.

Escaping cross side when someone is crushing out my jaw is where things get really, really tough for me. 

What I’m going to do is bridge.  Bridging is a fundamental movement in BJJ.

Now, I’m going to bridge and punch. By punch, I’m basically trying to punch him in the ear or temple with my bicep. And then as he goes down, I’m going to bridge in the opposite direction and I’m going to punch with my bicep into his shoulder.

Basically, I want to try to sweep the person on top over. You’re probably not going to get the sweep; but, you’re going to at least try.  That’s the intent. You want to at least try to sweep a person over. 

Now, if you’re trying to sweep the person over, what do they need to do in order to maintain that position?

They need to put their hands on the floor.

Once their hands are on the floor, I can then hit the Cross Side escape of my choice.

Now, it’s not always personal preference.  Sometimes, the escape that I hit is based on how the person on top is trying to maintain the position.

And, sometimes it’s just done in a bunch of combinations. I’m trying to go, and break apart that control on my jaw, right? From there, I may try to the sit-up escape — doesn’t work. Maybe I’ll go for the elbow push in combination.

But all these things are up to you to experiment with, to experience them, and to synchronize them in a way that works with your jiu jitsu.

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Ritchie Yip