When playing around with the directional bridging idea more this morning from cross-sides bottom I was still bridging into my partner a bit much. I think this is a carry-over habit from studying Saulo’s BJJ Revolution 1 & 2 DVD sets. What I discovered was bridging-inwards is the right thing to do IF your training partner has little or no attachment. This is scenario one.
Scenario two is your partner has attachment to your upper body, but aren’t driving their weight. Here, bridging up over the inside shoulder worked best. I would say this is half way between a bridge into top player and a bridge upward.
Scenario three is they are driving their weight on me. The most efficient counter in this situation is bridging straight up and down complimented by a northward lift of frames.
In summation, everything is the same as before, just defining directional bridging in three distinct and separate directions based on the scenario:
Inward, Over Shoulder, and Straight Up depending on level of attachment and weight distribution.