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Drill These Arm Attack By Tom DeBlass To Upgrade Your Submission Game!

Drill These Arm Attack By Tom DeBlass To Upgrade Your Submission Game!

Arm Attack Drills by Tom DeBlass

Who is Tom DeBlass? Tom DeBlass is many things. He is one of the most sought after instructors in the grappling world right now.  He is a world class grappler and former mixed martial artist. He is an exceptional instructor. He has a huge social media following from his technique breakdowns and advice on relationships, transformation, adversity and training.  Tom DeBlass is many things and world class in all of them.

Tom has many accomplishments in grappling and mixed martial arts. He has fought in both the UFC and Bellator. He is a 3x ADCC veteran, Fight To Win Pro Main Event Winner, 2016 ADCC North American Champion,2016 ADCC American Nationals Absolute Champion, ADCC NY Super Fight Champion,2015 Black Belt World No Gi Masters and Absolute Champion, 2014 ADCC North American Champion, 2013 Black Belt No Gi Pan American Champion, 2013 Black Belt No Gi Worlds Bronze Medal, 2009 ADCC North American Champion, 2009 Black Belt No Gi Worlds Bronze Medal, 2007 Brown Belt No Gi Worlds Champion, 2007 Brown Belt Pan American Champion, 2007 Brown Belt American Nationals Champion, 6X Grappler’s Quest Expert Champion and member of the New Jersey Martial Artist Hall of Fame.

DeBlass’ education and teaching ability is also exceptional. Tom earned his black belt from legendary ADCC and MMA veteran Ricardo Almeida in just over six years. There are many testaments to his exceptional teaching ability. His first black belt is the great Garry Tonon. Gordon Ryan is Tonon’s first black belt. Tom is a former elementary school special education teacher. This experience has honed his ability to take complex concepts and make them understandable to even the novice grapplers. Another testament to his teaching ability is his academy Ocean County Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He has over 350 students and 20 black belts. Additionally he has an empire of affiliates around the world.

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It is also worth noting the Tao of Tom’s social media presence. He has many great quotes from training to adversity, transformation and life.  Here is a great quote from Tom on transformation, “The last 4 weeks I have dedicated to changing myself. Every day I have been praying, asking God to help me in the areas of life where I struggle. Regardless how successful you may think you are, there is always so much room for improvement, always. I am nowhere close to where I want to be, but every day I am getting better. It is a conscious effort that I must put in, but I feel myself becoming a better person.”


In this video Tom DeBlass shows an arm attack drill from side control. There is an old adage in Jiu Jitsu that drillers make killers. However it is often easy to neglect drilling and focus on rolling. DeBlass starts this video in top side control. In order to get his training partner's near side hand in the correct placement he brings his leg in and then switches his hip. Once he clears his opponent’s arm he switches his hips back. Now that he has control of his opponent he is able to start attacking submissions.  First, he traps his opponent’s elbow with his bottom side arm to attack the Americana. When his opponent defends the Americana by straightening their arm Tom is now able to attack the arm lock.  If his training partner defends by continued movement in the arm DeBlass is now able to attack the Kimura. The drill continues by countering the defensive movements by attacking an arm bar, then omoplata and finally a triangle. It is an important detail that DeBlass notes that it is important to control you opponent in side control before attacking.  Tom also states that running this drill will leave us far more exhausted than rolling for the same amount of time.

This video is a fine example of Tom’s ability to breakdown technique and principles in a manner that is applicable to everyone from the white belt to black belt. Without a doubt, we can all refine our game with the information provided. Tom DeBlass is certainly many things. Beyond Jiu Jitsu technique, he sets an example on how to run an academy and our mindset for training, transformation, adversity and life in general. The Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have people like Tom DeBlass.

Professor DeBlass’ next instructional will be available soon! Let the drilling begin!

In the meantime do you want to DOMINATE with you closed guard? Tom DeBlass provides a fresh look to a classic position. 

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