ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Sports and Recreation»
  • Individual Sports

A Simple Training Strategy for Improving Armbars in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Updated on October 19, 2016

The path to getting better at armbars in BJJ can benefit from a very basic training module.

There seems like there are a million variations of the armbar in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, submission wrestling and Judo. All these variations can make it a little confusing for those trying to improve their performance at these locks.

If you want to get better at BJJ armbars, the following simple training formula might be worth reading about...

Starting at the Finish

No matter how you perform a basic armbar, you generally end in the same finishing position. So, working on the mechanics of the finish might be a good place to start if you want to improve the effectiveness of your armbars. The upper torso of your opponent will be pinned down by the downward pressure of your legs. Your knees will be squeezed together holding the arm in place. You will secure the opponent's arm by gripping it with your own hands and the elbow will be over your pelvis. When you raise your pelvis., the elbow is hyper-extended. There may be a few details left out here and there are, of course, variations, but you get the general idea: an armbar is an armbar no matter how you enter into it. As long as you have the proper finishing mechanics of the armbar down, it will be tough for an opponent to get out of it.

Starting the Armbar

From the top position, there are a few ways in which you can enter into the armbar. Generally, you will have to secure the arm in some way with your own arms and then fall back or spin into the finishing armbar position. In some instances, your opponent will literally give up an arm. Other times, you will have to work your way into the armbar. In other scenarios, you will hit an armbar as part of a combination. Regardless of how you start the armbar, you will likely have to secure it with your own arms and spin your legs around. When you see openings to do this, you can try to execute the armbar.

Working Out of Various BJJ Positions

The various top positions are mostly pins such as the side control, the scarf hold, the reverse scarf hold, and the north/south position. You also have the mount and the knee on stomach. Work on starting an armbar from these various top positions with your partner. Allow you partner to switch his arm positioning and posture around any way he sees fit. You can even chain the pins with guard and half guard passes if you wish.

Adding Resistance

Your partner can give you unscripted resistance at 20% or 30% when you are trying to work armbars out of the different positions. Your partner should also keep moving to simulate a resisting opponent. The resistance can also be employed when your enter into the finishing position. Your partner could even try a few escapes to get out before you are able to secure the lock.

If this approach to training armbars seems simple, that is because it is. It is also an effective training method that has been around years. Lots of people have used to to success which is why I adopted it as part of my own training.

Final Words and a Caution

Perform all BJJ techniques in a slow and controlled manner and under proper supervision. This will make sessions a lot safer.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)