Armbar Setup: Controlling the Leg

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBy BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Michael Jen

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1. Joe Moreira grips his opponent’s right sleeve with both hands. 2. Pulling the opponent’s right arm across his body, Joe hooks his right hand under his opponent’s leg and controls his head with his left hand. 3. Joe moves his hips out to create space and circles his left hand to the front of his opponent’s face. 4. Pushing with his left hand, Joe swings his left leg over his opponent’s face and arches to apply the arm bar. NOTE: Joe traps his opponent’s right arm by keeping it tight to his body with his tricep.

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