Here’s a simple yet very effective drill for beginners that will help you to learn both transitions to Mount and escapes from Side Control. Both student’s compete equally from Side Control as one tries to escape or reverse the position and the other tries to attain Mount.
If the student caught in the Side Control position manages to get partner out of Side Control in any way – retaining Guard, taking Half Guard, reversing position – then they win the round. If the student who has Side Control manages to attain the Mount position they win the round.
It’s a drill that will really help to improve this aspect of your grappling whether you are doing MMA, wrestling or BJJ.