Cross-Sides Bottom: Moving/Keeping Opponent Over Hips

A core ‘game’ my training partner and I discovered from Cross-Sides Bottom is moving/keeping our opponent over our hips, as it offers room to sit up on our elbow in both directions for reversals/escapes, in addition to a Harpoon Sweep if we’re able to move them down south when they have a Cross-Face as taught below by Nick ‘Chewy’ Albin:

Example of easy sit-ups onto elbow/hand to facilitate elbow push escape when opponent is low (or as they are Passing Guard demonstrated by Marcelo Garcia):

Not going to shoot a video of this and hand it to you guys, but you can sit up and stiff arm the Cross-Facing arm, getting up on the inside elbow.  It’s pretty much the same mechanics as the elbow push, but you’re pushing on the bicep at the crook of elbow with outside arm and coming up on the inside elbow.  It works because the opponent is down low.  If they’re on your chest, no way Jose, so keep em’ low yo!

If the description above isn’t clear enough, might be willing to help trouble shoot in the comment section…;o)

Have a wonderful weekend fellas!


5 thoughts on “Cross-Sides Bottom: Moving/Keeping Opponent Over Hips

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  2. Mike L

    I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of the elbow push, however embarrassingly it has never even occurred to me to sit-up on near elbow while blocking cross face arm. I love those moments in training when you’ve had such a problem with a certain position and someone shows u something that is so obvious that you can’t believe you didn’t see on your own. thanks

  3. Mike don’t feel bad, my Coach showed this to me, all I did was fit it into the bigger framework of hip geography.

    Some more tips are I usually block the cross-facing, north arm first with my inside arm. My outside arm remains folded across my chest because if I frame the neck from this position (which is unnecessary unless we want to alleviate actual cross-face pressure) it opens up a shallow underhook on my bicep. Such an underhook is easily re-countered with a bump back to arm-fold, but I rather not give it away.

    Continuing on, from the arm-fold you can shoot straight across to north bicep/elbow crook, replacing inside arm with outside arm.

    Also, for the top player a common counter to the cross-face block is grabbing the bottom player’s tricep, which nullifies a elbow get-up. It’s a good counter but you can free tricep up by coming across with outside arm as before, and lifting your elbow north. From there you’re free to get up on that elbow and continue as before.

    Next, if the opponent shoots their arm across to control the far-side shoulder you can reach under with the arm-fold and guide it across to far side tricep control to set-up elbow push escape. The progression is kind of like an X-Guard but with your hands and forearms.

    Finally, yesterday we were playing with underhook escapes from arm-fold if an opponent goes chest to chest, which was perfect based on the momentum. We DO use a frame against the neck, but mostly to counter a reasonably deep cross-face.

    Broadly, we’re basically playing Guard with our arms: Two arms against their north arm!

    … I think ‘positions’ as reference points is good for a beginner framework, but you want to lever that into understanding ‘Jiu-Jitsu’ as angles, body-mechanics, energy/momentum as soon as possible because Cross-Sides Bottom can actually a position of advantage if you have a decent knowledge advantage. Back in the day I just thought of it as a ‘bad’ position you wanted to have one or two ‘escapes’ from, thereby limiting myself the the possibilities of reversals, submissions, AND escapes.

    A good example of the above was Floyd Mayweather coasting to victory against Manny Pacquiao from the ropes which ‘fundamentally’ is a big no-no. The problem with Jiu-Jitsu scoring is you don’t get points for reversing an opponent from Cross-Sides Bottom, so the counter-offense/defense Mayweather/Pacquiao equivalent isn’t generally studied.

  4. Mike L

    Thank really cool! Love the concept of thinking it as playing guard with our 2 arms against their north arm. Perfect example of bottom sides being an advantageous position for some I’ve seen on multiple occasions Ryron Gracie wear black belts down from bottom side. I’ve also through some experience and your help have really taken to building my BJJ around principles not just techniques/positions

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