Armbar From the Guard Tutorial

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Step 1 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 1 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

In order to achieve an armbar from the closed guard position, you must first, of course, achieve the closed guard position. In simplified form, by wrapping his legs around the person in the red gi, the person in the white gi (pictures from Team Tooke), has achieved this.

The guard position allows a practitioner to fight from their back and is a staple of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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Step 2 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 2 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

Next, take hold of your opponent's right arm with both hands (right hand at the elbow for better control). As you secure the arm, lift your hips off the floor. This will give you a better angle to pull from and will also put you in a position to set up the next move.

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Step 3 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 3 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

Rotate your hips slightly and pull his arm over. The combination of this with your continued closed guard should bring the rest of his body closer.

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Step 4 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 4 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

Open both legs simultaneously, moving them upward, like in a reverse crunch.

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Step 5 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 5 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

The idea is to move those open legs quickly, as you're in danger of losing your position once the legs open. Quickly close your legs. In this case, the man in the white gi has moved his left leg to his opponent's shoulder, which in essence serves to lock him up. It also moves his legs closer to the true armbar position.

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Step 6 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 6 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

Use your left hand against your opponent's face and squeeze your knees to the left. Squeezing your knees with power is crucial.

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Step 7 of the Armbar From the Guard

Step 7 of the armbar from the guard. Courtesy of TeamTooke.com

Your left leg moves to cross your opponent’s face. Extend your hips up while controlling the arm with both of your hands/arms for the arm bar.