Monday, September 12, 2011


Actually, I'm sure he knows.  And, it's actually legal for black belts (and brown belts).  I thought it was completely illegal in IBJJF rules, but I was wrong.  Now I'm going to bicep crank the crap out of every brown or black belt I come in to contact with ... or die trying.

The bicep lock aka bicep slicer aka bicep crusher is a great submission and it wasn't always a restricted move in the IBJJ Rules.  It was made illegal in recent years in IBJJF competition for all but brown and black belts.  The governing body must have determined it to be dangerous, but I honestly feel it gets a bum rap.  Back in the day we drilled this sub and sweeps from the guard position from which it is commonly attempted.

Most of you aren't allowed to apply this submission in competition, because of that, it's probably not the sub you want to invest too much time in.  However, Comprido Medeiros thinks enough of it to show us a trick was to get this little under-achiever-of-a-submission from side control.  I'll add that this position is also quite gettable from omoplata after your opponent has forward rolled to defend (landing in your side control).

Try this out in play, grapplers.  But, if you get caught, you didn't learn it from me.  Happy bicep crushing.

Special thanks to for the sweet video goodness.  


  1. I'm relatively new to the grappling game. This move seems a bit advanced for me but I was really intrigued by the part where he is in side mount and uses the gi to trap the arm.

    I guess my question is, is a move like that considered "cheap"? I'm always looking for new things to do in side mount because its one of my weaker positions. But at the same time I'm new blood and I wouldn't want to try this on a more advanced student if they're going to find it "disrespectful" or something. Thoughts?

    BTW, the comment system has some serious problems in Chrome

  2. not cheap at all. Im sure advanced guys use your own gi to choke the crap out of you.

  3. That bicep lock sounds awesome. I wonder what Wichita locksmith service can do about it.


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