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15 November 2017

15/11/2017 - Teaching | Side Control | Straight Armlock

Teaching #725
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 15/11/2017

Short Version:
  • You go for the americana, they straighten their arm
  • Slide one arm up to their wrist, the other stays just behind their elbow
  • Push up your wrists, like you were revving a motorbike
  • Push down on the wrist hand, using your other arm as a fulcrum
  • If that doesn't work, slide your elbow towards your head, then push their wrist away from your head

Full Version: If they start to slip their arm free from the americana, you don't want to simply go for the same thing again. It is of the utmost important that you combine techniques in BJJ, instead of viewing them in isolation. That goes for escapes as well as attacks. What I wanted to show was an example of that, using the americana as a starting point.

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You also want to avoid meeting force with force if possible. So instead, as they slip out, go with it, letting them straighten it out. However, this sets you up for another attack, as you can get a pressing armbar from here. Slide your figure-four grip up their arm, so that you have one hand around their wrist, with one of your arms a little in front of their elbow. That means you've created a fulcrum, so you can press their wrist down to apply a jointlock. Roy Harris, Dean's instructor, has a whole DVD on bent armlocks. For the transition to the straight/pressing armbar, he advises moving your weight forward, so your chest is over their elbow. Harris also puts his arm in the crook of his elbow, raising his other elbow off the ground to get the pressure. You may need to twist their wrist to get their thumb pointing up, in order to create the right leverage on their elbow.

Another option, should that not work, is to instead, grab the meat of their hand and twist it. Your aim is to generate maximum tension in their arm. Bring your elbow up towards your head, then push their wrist away from your head. Be careful on this one, it can come on quickly. Keep in mind that you can always transition into a kimura or americana if you're still having trouble, in the lockflow sequence I also show.

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Teaching Notes: The fulcrum arm for the straight armbar needs to be horizontal, if there's an angle it tends to mess up the leverage point you need. It also helps a lot if you 'rev' your wrists up, being aware that you can release the grip on your own arm if you need to adjust.

With that Dean Lister variation, emphasise that you don't have to keep the grip on your own arm. If you do, that makes it difficult to get the podition and movement, you're restricting your own range of motion. You're trying to tighten up their arm, so grabbing the meat of the hand and twisting it into that tension.

You will also almost certainly need to move your arm up higher in order to get the leverage on their elbow (e.g., if you're pushing their wrist away from your head, you'll need to bring your own elbow closer to your head). Keep in mind it is part of a sequence, so you can always switch to a kimura, americana etc.

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