The basic armbar is one of those bread-and-butter submission techniques in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. You just can’t do BJJ without it, so it’s SUPER important to understand this submission inside out!
But I see people make the same silly errors for the armbar all the time. That’s why I shot a quick and dirty video showing the three most common mistakes for the armbar (plus how to fix them).
The first most common armbar error is having your hips too far away from your opponent’s shoulder. This reduces the amount of control you have over him, and gives him lots of room to escape his elbow down to the floor.
The second most common armbar error is having your legs loose and/or too wide apart. Having your legs wide allows your opponent to shove your top leg up, or your bottom leg down. Then he can progress from there to a wide variety of escapes.
The third most common armbar error is not controlling the rotation of your opponent’s hand. His little finger should be on your chest. His thumb should be pointing up to the ceiling (or, alternately, pointing down towards your legs). But if he twists his thumb up, into the ‘hitch-hiker’ position for example, it takes his elbow out of alignment for the armbar to work properly.
So there you have it! To illustrate these techniques I’d recommend checking out the BJJ armbar mistakes video itself, either above in the post or on Youtube. It’s only 1:35 long and may make this submission a lot more effective.. We didn’t have a fancy camera for shooting this, but I think the information is still valid.
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