The arm bar is one of the fundamental techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu but it can also be one of the hardest moves to hit in training.
So today, we will look at some of the basics of the arm bar starting from mount.
For new students the arm bar will often come from reacting from your partners movements. Like if you were able to get the mount position. A common response if for the partner on bottom to push you away. Thereby extending their arms.
Which is is exactly what we want!
There an are lots of different was to proceed forward but my common advice is to start walking your knees into your partners arm pits.
Because this will help negate any power your partner can use to push you off and gives you even more control of the mount position for your arm bar setup.
Now your partner is pretty much screwed so just take your time not to rush through the movement.
Next you will want to bring your feet up and sit your weight right on top of your partner.
Make sure to collect both of the arms!
Now turn towards one of your hips and lean your weight (head and shoulders) towards your partners legs.
And as you start to fall back be sure to bring your free leg over your partners head. A lot of beginners miss this step but if you're having trouble you might just need to lean even more of your weight on to your partners body.
Once your butt hits the mat you want to make sure to control the arm that's between your legs with both of your hands holding onto your partners wrist.
Keep your knees together and lay back for the arm bar.
And if you need even more leverage you can bridge your hips off of the mat while pulling down on your partners arm.
Most importantly, make sure to use control and always give your partner the chance to tap out!
If you would like to learn more details on the arm bar.
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