Bearhug Defense to Armbar

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-JitsuCourtesy Erin Toughill (

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.This information was originally published on, and is reproduced on BJJ.Org with express permission.

1 Erin is grabbed from behind in a typical Bear Hug.

2 Erin breaks attacker’s grip by bending knees and simultaneously dropping and thrusting her butt back.

3 Erin moves to one side to further loosen hold.

4 Erin’s leg steps behind. At the same time Erin sits for lateral takedown.

5 Erin lands in scissored sidemount postition.

6 Opponents knees are moved together to go for mount position.

7 Erin is now in mount and attacker tries to push her off.

8 Positioning for armbar.

9 Arm bar is quickly applied.

10 Attacker’s arm is broken!

TechGasp Comments Master

About the author

Erin Toughill