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How To Defend And Escape The Arm Bar Every Time

How To Defend And Escape The Arm Bar Every Time

Kurt Osiander shows his favorite arm bar escapes and defenses

If you have spent any time on the mats training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or any other grappling martial art you will have likely heard of the arm bar. It is one of the first submissions we are taught in jiu jitsu. It is one of those easy to learn, hard to master techniques that form the foundations of modern BJJ and self defense. With that being said, it is obvious that as a fundamental submission we will spend as much time learning how to defending ourselves from an arm bar as we will spend learning how to attack them.

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In the video below we will take a look at some of Kurt Osiander’s favorite arm bar escapes and defenses. Watch the video now and then we will break down the technique. Check it out!

Unfortunately, you are always going to get caught in compromising positions, so it is important to have some escapes as part of your defense. If you are forced to defend an arm lock, the first thing Kurt Osiander tells us to do is secure the elbow that is being attacked. The further away your elbow gets from your body the weaker your arm gets.  So you want to combine the muscle groups of your arms and your elbows to help with the fight to retain your arm. You will notice that your attacker is using one hand on the mat to keep a solid base. The next part of this arm bar defense comes down to timing. As you are preventing your arm from being extended you training partner will naturally take his arm off the mat and use it to try and clear your arm. This is the only time it will be effective to bump him. Kurt turns his head in the direction he is bumping. From here he pulls his legs in tight, his feet as close to his butt as possible, exploding into a bridge to exploit his opponent’s weaker base to escape the arm lock. Take note of how much pressure Osiander is using to stack his opponent and clear his legs. Of course, your arm is not free yet but you are now in the dominant position required to retrieve that arm. Once your arm is out, you can pass around your opponent’s hips and end with back side control. This is a great escape for anyone to try.

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