BJJ Technique: Arm Drag into Ankle Pick

By December 3, 2022January 5th, 2023No Comments

The Arm Drag To Ankle Pick a low risk, high percentage take down that BJJ beginners try while feeling safe and confident while doing it.

As well, the arm drag is a simple yet effective self defense technique that you can do from guard or from standing.

In this situation, we’ll show things from a standing situation.  As your partner reaches out to grab your shoulder, push on your chest, or grab your collar, you can block their arm with your forearm.

Your forearm block is the first step of your arm drag.  Now you can circle your hand to grab their wrist.  Once you have your partner’s wrist, you can reach up to control your partner’s tricep and pull their tricep across your body to expose their back.

Today, we’re going to follow up on this technique with an ankle pick.

As your partner defends the arm drag by pulling their arm back, use your forearm to push into their ribs.

Simultaneously, kick across to foot sweep your partner’s ankle.  The foot sweep is not to take your partner down.  It’s purpose is to feed their foot up to your hand.

At this time, you have your partner’s ankle elevated and controlled by your hand and you have your other hand managing distance so they can’t just pull guard into a flying triangle.

To finish, step behind your partner’s foot to trip them down to ground.

The arm drag to ankle pick sequence is an effective, low risk takedown technique that anyone at any skill level can try.

Check out this video to see how it’s done.

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip

Ritchie Yip is the Head Instructor for InFighting Training Centers located in Downtown Vancouver and Brentwood Burnaby. InFighting Training Centers offers programs in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Bootcamp Conditioning Classes and Personal Training

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Ritchie Yip

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