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22 August 2018

22/08/2018 - Teaching | Closed Guard | Instep to neck armbar variations

Teaching #796
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 22/08/2018

You're looking to do the usual legs over etc, but can't quite lock the position. Swivel and turn your leg, so that your foot is now pressing into their neck, your knee pointing away and close to their body. Keep control of their arm. Wrap your arm over the top so the wrist is in your armpit, then angle inwards for the submission (a sort of americana).

If they are starting to pull free, you can try and gogoplata them instead, reaching behind their hand to grab your foot. It's a throat crush though, so not a submission I'm keen on. I prefer the option of using that to sweep them over. You can then swivel your other foot in to cross over their neck and submit them from there.

In the guard, you can also swivel both feet in for the armbar. Alternatives are turning to lock your other leg over. Swivel and turn the top knee in to return to crossed feet, or switch legs and continue the spin to your leg over on the other side. To adjust, you can stick one foot into a spider guard position and bring the leg into locking position from there. That becomes a flowing drill.

Teaching Notes: Considering this isn't a simple technique, I thought it went pretty well. It's important to emphasise the two big safety points. First, watch out for the knee, as it's in a vulnerable position. Second, on that bend towards the arm, it must be done slowly. Don't sit up, just bend.

With the leg switching, I think the rule is swivel toward the knee of the hooking leg. That seems to apply ok. I didn't add in the roll them to mount, though I did mention it to some more experienced people in drilling. That could work as a separate class, we'll see on Friday. ;)

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