Frames From Cross Sides Bottom Overview

For my first post of the newly relaunched website I wanted to focus on frames from cross sides bottom. A year or so ago I was going over some material from a brilliant SBG coach from the UK named Karl Tanswell. He did a seminar on half guard bottom where he introduced something he called X factor hands. It was a detailed look at how you can use frames from half guard position to survive, escape, and reverse the position. Lucky for you the video is online. Take a look. It’s got material I haven’t seen anywhere else.

I worked the material as much as I could for a few months and found the frame concept infecting my cross sides bottom game as well. Slowly I began to rework the way I escaped from cross sides bottom with more efficient frames. Through trial and error and looking at other resources (Marcello Garcia is particularly good here) I was able to put together a comprehensive set of ideas on frame use.

What is a frame? My coach describes it as a physical structure you put in place to keep your opponent away. In most instances once you put the frame in place you move away from them to escape. In Jiu Jitsu there are basically 2 lengths of frame you can make with you arms. The first is a short frame which goes from shoulder to elbow.

Short frame in use. Notice the pressure is coming from the elbow.

Short frame in use. Notice the pressure is coming from the elbow.

The second kind of frame is a long frame. This one goes from the shoulder all the way to the wrist. In my experience the long frames generate more space and more leverage. I’ll always use a long frame over a short frame if available. I’ll sometimes start with a short frame and move to a long one if I can make the space.

Long frame in use. Notice the stiff arm with no bend in the elbow.

Long frame in use. Notice the stiff arm with no bend in the elbow.

Below you will find a video of the concepts. In the coming weeks I plan to shoot detailed videos where I really break this down into smaller chunks. I have a lot to say about frames and bottom game so stay tuned. In the meantime enjoy the video.