Side-Control Bottom Defense: Short, Compact Bridging & Shrimping

Sometimes, it the top players weight is directly over the top of me and I have frames I WILL do a bridge that creates a massive amount space and separation as Fabio Gurgel kindly demonstrates below:

Still, it’s good to keep in mind that you only need a small amount of space to insert your knee into valley where leg joins hip, and a big bridge if any bridge at all isn’t necessarily required:

Up until recently I thought you needed a decent bridge every time, but this can actually work against if your partner is either super tight or loose and looking to transition. In those cases you want to be as short and compact as possible with bridges and shrimps.

Thanks to Henry Akins and Fabio Gurgel. =)

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