Awesome Arm Bar From UFC Legend Demian Maia
Slick Arm Bar From Side Control by Demian Maia
For those of you who are not familiar with the name Demian Maia, he is a Brazilian mixed martial artist and BJJ practitioner. He currently fights in the welter weight division for the UFC. Maia is regarded as one of the greatest grapplers in MMA history. As the time of writing he is #8 in the official UFC welter weight rankings with a record of 25 and 9.
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In the video below Demian Maia will demonstrate a slick arm bar from side control. Watch the video now and then we will break down his technique.
Demian Maia starts of this technique from side control. Maia shows the most common way that BJJ players know how to switch to the arm bar position. But to make the pass tighter, Maia twists his opponent’s arm forward into his chest. From here he pressure passes around his opponent digging his shoulder into the hip bone, controlling the arm, and getting his hips up and around his opponent’s head. Notice how high his hips are when he is pressure passing to the arm bar position. This makes it a lot harder for the guy on bottom to free his arm. If he tries to stand, Demian puts his hand on his opponent’s chin, which also prevents him from sitting as well. So, with all your weight on his hip bone you can switch into the arm bar position, burying your leg and knee under his arm and back, entering into the arm bar position with the fluidity and grace of a welter weight champ.
The detail of pressuring and controlling the opponent’s hips as you pass makes this transition much more difficult to successfully counter. Most UFC fighters or BJJ practitioners will know they are about to get armed barred when they see you go for the transition around their head. That is the best time to try and escape. By using pressure to control your opponent as you switch around to his back makes this a high percentage arm bar technique. Really cool stuff from Demian Maia!