Technique Thursday: Breaking the Armbar Defense

For many Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, the armbar is one of the first submissions ever learned. This also makes it one of the most frequently failed attacks among newer grapplers. Most fail to get themselves into the proper position to begin with. Once that aspect is figured out, the next problem arises: getting past a person’s defense.

Getting past the armbar defense can present a series of problems that, if a person is unfamiliar with them, can result in the loss of a submission and giving up superior position. However, some easy options can be added to make the armbar a much tighter, higher percentage submission. Our friends over at created a video with Bruno Fernandes detailing how to break someone’s defense. Give it a look and make it happen!




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