Effective is as effective goes, the arm bar is one of the most effective final moves to exact a submission from your opponent.

Our female submission wrestlers know this well.

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An arm lock that hyperextends the elbow joint is called an arm bar.

One of the female submission wrestling stars that executes this move in expert fashion is the great San Francisco Bay Area grappler and recruiter, Isamar.

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If you want to witness some entertaining matches where arm bars are applied with precision, travel to the Fight Pulse video store and you won’t be disappointed.

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If you are a model or female athlete interested in the female submission wrestling game and want to learn more about applying the powerful arm bar submission move, we have a guest writer who provides some excellent suggestions.

Please be careful who you practice the moves with. Hopefully hire a trained MMA expert to help you get started.


Streamline Your Arm Bar Attacks From Bottom Guard

By Paul Herzog 

The most common attack in judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a straight arm bar (known in judo as jujigatame). It is a highly effective submission; unlike some chokes and other joint attacks, it is uncommon for someone to hold on very long from this position and stay in the fight. Either they tap, or they get hurt. Ask Miesha Tate how well this works.

Another great aspect of a straight arm bar attack is they can be done from several different controlling positions: back mount, top mount, side mount, even bottom guard. People see the arm bar as a natural extension of grip fighting and control from the bottom guard – you control their wrist and/or forearm, break down their posture, throw a leg over, and go for the submission.

When taken from the “wrist control” perspective, you will end up being stacked and passed more likely than not, because you’re not doing anything else to control how your opponent moves. You don’t have any control of their hips or their lateral movement. It is too easy for them to a) know what you’re trying to do from the very first time you grab their wrist, and b) get in position to counter your attack. The first step in your approach shouldn’t be to worry about their hands; you should control where they can escape before you start.

My master instructor calls this a “climbing” arm bar, because your legs move higher along your opponent’s body with each step. Your first movement puts a foot on their hip. Let’s say you’re attacking your opponent’s right arm… your left foot will go on their right hip, to prevent them from moving out to their right. To keep their arm from escaping laterally, point your left knee straight up and elevate your hips. If your knee is up by their shoulder, your entire leg will form a wall to keep them in place.

The second climb puts the inside of your right knee into their left armpit. You don’t have to worry about their arm being stuck in or outside (inside is better, but not essential); you just want the lever to be in place. Bend your right leg into a hook, with your calf over the back of their shoulders. This hook will be used to push them perpendicular to you; any of the “rotate away” techniques used in other arm bars won’t be necessary. At this point, your opponent should be bent over, their torso parallel to the ground. If they need to be a hand on you or the mat to keep their balance, you’re doing it right.

The final climb brings your left leg off their hip, around to the opposite side of their head, and heavy on the back of their neck. If you keep your leg as close as possible, the right arm being attacked will remain trapped while you’re moving your leg to the opposite side. You will have a lot of pressure on their entire torso; there will be very little space for your opponent to pull their right arm out even if you don’t have any arm control with your hands at all. Keep your legs parallel to each other; DO NOT cross them at the ankles. Doing so will only relieve the pressure you’re trying to put on the back of their neck with your left leg. To finish, keep applying pressure by pushing their head away from you with the back of your left leg, forcing their right arm to get straighter. If you also wish to raise your hips slightly as you push, feel free; it will add to the overall effectiveness of the submission.

Notice there was no emphasis controlling their wrist, keeping the arm straight, turning their palm up… everything you would normally associate with an arm bar submission. The truth is that in each step of this technique, your opponent is quite limited as to how they can move, and what they can do avoid the inevitable. By the time you’ve succeeded at the final climb, you will have all kinds of time to grab their wrist and make the minor adjustments required to get the submission, however you need to do so.

The previous paragraph about wrist control may be irrelevant. It is possible to get a submission from this position entirely hands-free. If your opponent is inflexible, they will tap from a right arm being straightened beyond their pain tolerance.

This technique is also a variation, in a way, on a head-and-arm choke. The right side of their neck is feeling great pressure from the inside of their shoulder; the arm & shoulder are stuck and being trapped as you push away. The other side of their neck receives a squeezing pressure from the back of your left thigh as you push. The couple of times I’ve gotten an opponent to tap hands-free, it’s because of this choke.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, in its purest form, is all about controlling your opponent with the most efficient movement possible, and making them do what you want. Try this approach to the arm bar from bottom guard, and you’ll find that it fits the bill in every way!

About the author:

Paul Herzog and his son Christopher have been taking judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instruction at Petushin Martial Arts since the new Rosemount, Minnesota facility opened in 2010. In addition to receiving some of the best grappling instruction in the Midwest, Paul has lost over 35 pounds, and Chris has gained strength and self-confidence.

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