The Arm Drag, Guard Players Secret Weapon
Being a guard player can be very tedious. One of the best weapons a guard player can use is the arm drag. The arm drag has long been one of the best techniques in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Why is the arm drag so powerful? There are several reasons, the arm drag is extremely versatile, it is very quick, and it can be used from several guards.
The arm drag can be used from virtually anywhere; Marcelo Garcia and many other Black Belt World Champions have always used the arm drag to win tournaments. Check out our article “Why the Arm Drag is so important to Jiu Jitsu.” It is a great read on how the arm drag has been used over the last decade.
Arm Drag Versatility
The arm drag is one of the most versatile moves in bjj. The arm drag has Greco roman wrestling roots and is simple and effective. You can use the arm drag while standing or from guard, and it is very effective in gi, nogi, self-defense, and MMA.
The arm drag is a powerful weapon. Check out our article “Harness the Power of the Arm Drag ” To learn some cool set ups and entries. Check out this video of an arm drag from butterfly guard with Caio Terra below.
The Arm Drag Aggression
The arm drag can be an extremely explosive move and works well as an engagement point. You can use the arm drag to start your roll from either standing or seated guard. This is another benefit to the arm drag.
Engaging a roll before your opponent is very important. You always want to dictate the pace and movement of a match and the arm drag is an excellent way to do just that. Check out this highlight of Marcelo Garcia below and watch how often he uses the arm drag.
The Arm Drag from Guard
One of the best places to use the arm drag is from guard. You can use the arm drag from almost any guard effectively. You can use it from half guard, full guard, butterfly, De La Riva, and many more guards. It is always a good move to build movement.
One of the best positions to use the arm drag from is the butterfly guard. In many gyms, people will start their rolls on their knees and one person may elect to play guard by playing butterfly. This is a great position to use the arm drag. You can use it to sweep, get a single leg or take the back. Check out this video of a single leg finish below. The single leg takedown is often set up with an arm drag.
If you want to implement some new techniques to your arsenal including the arm drag, check out Joe Lauzons 3 DVD Set “Ultimate Grappling Hacks.” This is a great resource to add some new techniques to your game. Joe Lauzon has old school, effective and complete Jiu Jitsu.