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Armbar

Concept Options

  • Armbar from Closed Guard

  • Armbar from Back

  • Armbar from Mount
  • Nearside Armbar from Side Control
  • Spinning Armbar from Side Control
  • Near Side Armbar from Knee on Belly
  • Spinning Armbar from Knee on Belly
  • Armbar from Spider Guard
  • Armbar from Cross Guard
  • Finish the Armbar from Side Control/Mount
  • Americana Twist

Escapes

Top Position (Mount/Side) Sub-Skills

  • Crossing the arm over the chest
  • Angle
  • Weight over your opponent
  • Leg Squeeze
  • Attacking the wrist
  • Lever Selection

Crossing the arm over the chest

  • Generally you need to bring your opponent’s arm to the opposite side of their body. Example would be to get their right arm across the left pec. 

Angle

  • Generally you need to align your spine with the attacked arm
  • Get perpendicular to the opponent’s spine

Leg Bite

  • Minimize the space around the head
  • Pinch your heal tight back to your butt
  • If a leg exists over the body make it as long as possible

Weight over your opponent

  • Pinch your legs tight on your opponent so they cannot escape. Example in mount you should try to trap your opponent between your heel and your hips 

Attacking the Wrist

  • Don’t attack at the elbow attack the wrist
  • Try to attack the wrist as soon as possible, you will be stronger from here
  • Ensure you are attacking the opposite direction of the thumb, so if the thumb is up pull the wrist down.

Lever Selection

  • Try to use your elbow to attack instead of your wrist
  • Try to attack with the elbow closest to their head
  • Use the other hand to control the wrist or leg
  • Use your back instead of your arms. Don’t pull down with the hands bridge with your back.

Bottom Position (Guards) Sub-Skills

  • Breaking the Posture
  • Angle
  • Leg bite
  • Leg Squeeze
  • Attacking the wrist
  • Lever Selection

Breaking the Posture

  • Generally you need to break the posture of your opponent. If this is from guard you are bringing the spine down.
  • Ensure that their head is not straight up and their spine is curved. 

Angle

  • Generally you need to align your spine with the attacked arm
  • Get perpendicular to the opponent’s spine

Leg Bite

  • Minimize the space around the head
  • Pinch your heal tight back to your butt
  • If a leg exists over the body make it as long as possible

Leg Squeeze

  • Pinch your thighs together so they can no longer rotate their arm
  • Avoid crossing the feet, unless you are using it to pull the other arm

Attacking the Wrist

  • Don’t attack at the elbow attack the wrist
  • Try to attack the wrist as soon as possible, you will be stronger from here
  • Ensure you are attacking the opposite direction of the thumb, so if the thumb is up pull the wrist down.

Lever Selection

  • Try to use your elbow to attack instead of your wrist
  • Try to attack with the elbow closest to their head
  • Use the other hand to control the wrist or leg
  • Use your back instead of your arms. Don’t pull down with the hands bridge with your back.