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1-A The Structure of This Book

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Planning the organization of this instructional was a challenge, especially since many of the techniques that we cover are likely to be completely new to most readers. Ultimately, I decided to lay out this book the way that I would teach the system one-on-one with a student through private lessons. First, we cover the fundamental sit-up escape sequence from side control to introduce you to the general idea of the position and to expose you to key concepts and ideas.

From there, in Chapter 2, we troubleshoot the sit-up escape from side control, drilling down into this movement to overcome the obstacles your opponent may put in your path as you work to escape. In doing this, I hope you start to gain confidence in your collar tie and in your sit-up. Since escaping side control meshes into your guard maintenance, learning this fundamental sequence and the troubleshooting techniques that go along with it will allow you to maximize the return on your learning.

Starting here will allow you to accumulate a high number of repetitions because the escape-scenario is so common. As you work the rest of your sit-up escapes, you are likely to fall back to this core, which means that learning this sequence now will actually help the escapes you learn later.

In Chapter 3, I pull back the curtain and reveal your full range of sit-up escape tools, frames, and movements. If you think of Chapter 1 and 2 as being like an introductory course to shooting a basic rifle, Chapter 3 is like a movie scene where the shady pawn shop owner hits a button to reveal an arsenal of exotic weapons. If I handed you an assault rifle before you could sight a hunting rifle, you would just get frustrated by never being able to hit your target.

To me, Chapter 3 is the beginning of what really makes the sit-up escape system fun to use, but I also hope that you trust me when I suggest that you take your time and start Chapter 1.

Once you have been exposed to the other frames that we use in the sit-up escape, you can dive into the advanced sit-up escape techniques in Chapter 4 and learn to use the sit-up escape out of positions like mount and back control in Chapter 5. Finally, we end on using the sit-up escape as a counter technique in Chapter 6 and close with some valuable drills in Chapter 7.

This is a comprehensive system. You are welcome to bounce around between techniques at your leisure, but you will get the most out of this instructional if you learn the whole of the system. The overlap between concepts and ideas from position to position creates a high level of efficiency. Eventually, it will feel as if you are using only a handful of movements but are applying them in dozens of scenarios.

When that happens, you can think and act faster than your opponent, which will make you feel untouchable from the bottom.