[The technical concept entries are going to be my way of remembering key principles from my classes.]

Physics dictates that what goes up will eventually come down because of gravity.  This applies to escapes from the cross side position.  Often, I bridge straight up and down.  What ends up happening is that the person, especially if they’re heavy, is lifted up by my hips, but falls straight back down, and I’m back to square one.

With the bridge motion taught today, the key is to bridge laterally, so the person is lifted at an angle away from you.  When I hip away, elbow to bottom knee to form a frame, he or she will have a lot more space to make up, in addition to lacking the straight line back to the center of my chest that has always plagued my escapes.