100 little things ...
"But I still can't escape form side control' they lament - 'show me another escape' - well, escaping side control is just a problem - and like most problems, the total answer is found in the correct usage of a series of smaller answers. The devil is in the details they say - another truism - not in any one detail but in the synergistic effect found by bringing the correct amount of details together to overcome the problem.
What is the secret of building a good, strong martial arts school? Well, it ain't one thing - it's a hundred little things. Want to get 100 more students, do a hundred more little things. Want to improve your business - again, 100 little things - want to pass that impassable guard - it's the serie of small, little details that will serve as the beginning of a solution, not any one 'obvious secret' - think about it, if the answer to tricky problems was to be found in one solitary solution, then most everyone would be stumbling across that solution.
So when trying to overcome difficulties with our training, be mindful of the fact that it may be a dozen little things that we need to do - and not one major thing.
Good luck with your training -