Tuesday, July 19, 2011


As much as Jiu Jitz is about giving in to the technique and learning about yourself, it still sort blows to be armbarred from a man's (or woman's) closed guard.  I've been there.  Sure, you're a good sport and you just learned something from your opponent and maybe got a little wiser.  But, it still feels like someone poured you a lukewarm glass of suck.

Now, add the fact that you've been armbarred with the help of your own lapel.  The shame.  The dishonor.

Prof. Ricardo Calvancanti (5th degree BB under Carlson Gracie) demonstrates a subtle and tricky armbar that will surely catch your opponent off guard (no pun intended).  A couple of my teammates became very handy with this technique and the whole genre of lapel-based submissions several years ago.  Suffice it to say, many an arm way barred in this manner.

Honestly, I'm not sure you're ready for this, but I'm going to show it to you anyway.   This is a great technique that is, of course, quite aptly illustrated by the good professor.  It's somewhat advanced, but very gettable.  Drilling will help.

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