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28 September 2016

28/09/2016 - Teaching | Side Control | Breadcutter Choke to Armbar (Polmans variation)

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Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 28/09/2016

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If you've gone for the breadcutter choke, they will often attempt to block your second arm. That stops you getting the choke, but as long as you still have their near arm, you can now transition into an armbar. Pinch your elbow tight to prevent them freeing their near arm. Using your other grip to help your balance (you can also grab their far elbow or sleeve and pull it towards you), gradually bringing your leg over their head. Drop back into an armbar position, aiming to fall near their legs.

As you drop back, bring your knee up. The pressure of your arm pinching against theirs will reduce as you drop back, because you're extending. You can replace that pressure with your knee. It is possible to apply the arm by leaning back, if you have their elbow pointing in the right direction. However, they will often manage to twist their arm to prevent that. Most likely, you'll need to slide your hand up to the wrist, then apply the armbar as normal.

If you can, switch the grip to your other hand, as then you can use your elbow-pinching arm to grab under their leg. That will stop them turning. Also keep in mind that you can always try and switch to a standard armbar too, bringing your leg over their body. If you have one leg over their head, but the other still tucked by their near side, it's easier to escape.
Teaching Notes: Grabbing the far arm worked well, I'll emphasise that next time. Squeezing the knees was the main thing I kept highlighting. If you can't get under the arm in the first place (so, for the initial breadcutter choke attempt), going to north-south and wriggling your arm under works. What I meant by that is bringing your hand inside their folded arm, then swivelling under. I should do a video, I'm not sure I captured it on the Instagram posts? Hopefully Instagram will let me upload video properly again soon. But meh, if not, pictures still work, or I can upload to the Facebook page. :)

I had been thinking about going for the other follow-up Kenny showed, which was pulled their arm back and going for a choke. I've got it to work a few times, but not consistently enough that I'd be happy teaching it. I'll keep playing with it, and ask Kenny next time I'm at a Globetrotter camp. His private lesson was great, so I would like to make that a regular thing when I go to Globetrotter camps. :D

In sparring, keeping head back on that Chiu escape is very important, I need to remember that myself too (having highlighted it when I taught the Chiu escape myself).

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