Arm Bar

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Courtesy Rebecca Motte and thetechniques.net

Instructor: Gustavo Machado and Roberto "Gordo" Correa

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.



Gustavo Machado (in the blue gi) has Gordo (in the white gi) inside his guard. Gustavo has the standard grip, holding both of Gordo's gi sleeves.


Gustavo reaches under Gordo's left arm and grabs over the top of Gordo's right tricep. He maintains his grip on the right gi sleeve with his left hand.


Gustavo places his left foot into Gordo's right hip, and presses his right leg tight against Gordo's left shoulder. Gustavo pivots his head and upper body towards his right to get a good angle.


Gustavo now has room to bring his left leg over Gordo's head for the arm bar. To get the submission, Gustavo keeps downward pressure with his legs by brining his heels down towards his hips as he bridges up with his hips to apply pressure to the elbow.


A variation on this arm bar starts from a double lapel grip.


Gustavo pulls Gordo's gi lapel free and feeds it underneath Gordo's right arm.


Gustavo continues bringing the gi around the arm to the inside and passes the gi to his right hand. His left hand now establishes a grip on Gordo's right gi sleeve.


Gustavo places his left foot into Gordo's right hip, and presses his right leg tight against Gordo's left shoulder. Gustavo pivots his head and upper body towards his right to get a good angle. By maintaining the grip on the gi that is wrapped around Gordo's arm - it makes it very difficult for Gordo to free his arm or block the arm bar.


Gustavo now has room to bring his left leg over Gordo's head for the arm bar. To get the submission, Gustavo keeps downward pressure with his legs by brining his heels down towards his hips as he bridges up with his hips to apply pressure to the elbow.

This information was originally published on thetechniques.net, and is reproduced on BJJ.Org with the express permission of Rebecca Motte from thetechniques.net. Page downloaded on Fri Oct 11 18:57:23 PDT 2002.
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