There few terms in jiu-jitsu that get tossed around more than pressure. You might hear ‘base’ or ‘posture’ more frequently, but understanding pressure is a vital component of any BJJ top game. Pressure refers not just to physical weight (or the sensation of weight) but also constant attacks that keep your partner on the defensive. This post will focus on the physical pressure, and at another time I’ll revisit this issue to address attack pressure.
Occasionally referred to as the “100 kilos position,” side control is best known for immense pressure. Learning to apply more pressure from side control can make the difference between your rolls ending in a draw and having them end in a submission.