Defending the Stack when Armlocking from Guard

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Michael Jen

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

  1. Michael secures an armlock from the guard but is unable to finalize because his opponent counters aggressively by "stacking".
  2. Michael counters by placing both hands on his knees and pushes his opponent away.
  3. Utilizing the combined strength of his arms and legs, Michael is able to create enough space to continue his attack.
  4. Michael attacks his opponent's left arm by gripping it just above the elbow and pulls downward toward his stomach. Michael shrugs his right shoulder to lock his opponent's wrist against his neck.
  5. If the opponent is able to withdraw his left arm, Michael switches his attack back to the right arm and applies the straight armbar.

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