I don't bring both knees up much anymore as I'm not as flexible as I used to be. I can't keep my ass down very well,LOL.
In any case I usually keep my knee against their hip or put my other knee under their shoulder and keep the far leg away from their usual attempts at some sort of leg entanglement escape.
"shoulder of justice" is hilarious. How about when you grab inside their thigh (the pants) and use the wrist as leverage on their crotch? Got a BJJ name for that one?
Let me guess "fist fight"?
Thank you gentlemen! After trying everyone's advise and having an instructor watch, I learned why I was having such a hard time.
1. I was getting my arm deep enough under their head, but wasn't applying enough pressure to keep them looking away and not holding on to anything, such as armpit.
2. I would sprawl my legs out wide and on my toes, but was raising my hips higher to add more weight to them. Giving them space.
3. I was trying to fight them from shrimping by muscling them down, and not moving my body with them. Basically just keeping my feet planted.
4. And I wasn't doing anything with my other arm, just keeping an under hook.
All in all, was able to start working on correcting these items and was able to hold a guy my size until he stopped trying to escape. Which lead to a baseball bat choke.
I would have liked to have worked in side control more, but he stopped fighting it. I felt like a d!(k for afterwards because he barely even fought the submission.
It is important to be able to move between control positions and maintain control too. That takes time, just like learning how to apply the pins does. Keep at it and you'll be fine. Eventually you can be one of those guys who everyone hates to have on top because it's impossible to move unless you let them.
I felt like a dick because after he stopped trying to escape side mount it was like he just gave up. I took my time with setting up the choke and slowly applied pressure. But even after I believe he knew a choke was coming, he just put up a very weak one arm defense that didn't even cause me to adjust anything.
I guess it's more of a feeling of guilt on mentally beating him since he started shortly after I did and he's only 20. I don't wanna be labeled as "that guy" or the cause of someone to quit so early in their bjj career