Defense and BJJ: Ryan Gracie’s favorite side mount escape

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Famous for his aggressive style in BJJ and MMA, Ryan Gracie had not just courage, determination and physical strength, but also an array of often surprising techniques.

Carlos Russo, his cousin, recorded the following video specially for Graciemag readers. (You can click the CC button on the YouTube player to get subtitles.) In it, he teaches one of those techniques, showing how Ryan liked catching his opponent unprepared as that opponent was resting, believing to be safe upon arriving in side control.

Russo shows the detail required to spin even from the bottom and come out with two options for finishing: Ryan’s favorite, the hand triangle, or the guillotine.

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