BJJ Techniques: The Perfect Armbar from Guard

By November 9, 2022No Comments

Hey Everybody,

Okay, you guys are in for a treat today.

And by treat, you’re probably going to hate me.

Because I’m going to tell you that you’re wrong.  You’re wrong because you’re probably doing the Armbar from Guard wrong.

I know, I know, for many of you, the Armbar from Guard was one of the very first techniques you’ve ever learned when you first started BJJ.

Consistently, I see high level colour belts doing the Armbar from Guard wrong.

I’m going to show you the classic 5 point Armbar from Guard but with a truck tonne of details.

I promise you there’s going to be one or two or ten details that you’ve never seen before.

So, here we go.

Step 1) Grab the arm.  In this video, we’re using my right arm to control Stephan’s right arm.  You want their elbow above your belt and in the center of your body.  His elbow to your belly button is best.

Step 2) Put your left foot onto their right hip.  The reason why you want to do this is to lift your hip close to their shoulder.  When you’re doing an Armbar from Guard, you want your hips off the floor- this is a super common mistake and a detail most people have never heard about.

Step 3) Bring your right heel over to your left knee and swing your body around.  With this third step, your spine should be perpendicular to your training partner’s spine.  This is the most common mistake with the Armbar from Guard.  Your right leg is also meant to breakdown their posture.  I think Step 3 is the most important part of the whole set up.

Step 4) Check their ear with your left hand.

Step 5) Bring your left leg over the top of their head.  The key purpose of this move is to kill your opponent’s posture.  Have the back of your left knee saddled against the top of their head.

Step 6) There’s actually a final sixth step where you squeeze your knees and you lift your hips to execute the Armbar and you get the tap.

I’m really happy with the way this video turned out.  Be sure to watch it!

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

Ritchie Yip is a life long martial artist, BJJ Black Belt, and the head instructor of the InFighting Martial Arts Gym in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

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