Arm Lock Escape – BJJ / No Gi / MMA


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When your a beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu student there’s no way to avoid getting caught in a wide variety of arm locks on a regular basis. The good news is that you can always tap out to avoid injuring your arm but who likes to tap out, not me!

With a little practice and the right instruction you can develop your submission escaping skills and become the type of student that is tough to tap. That skill goes a long way in training and competition.

Last weekend I taught a workshop at Joslin’s MMA in Hamilton that focused on exactly that; submission escapes. The 20 video workshop is now available in the premium shop and contains some really effective escapes from three common attacks; the triangle choke, the arm lock and the omaplata shoulder lock.

You’ll learn my favourite and most effective ways of getting out of the triangle choke. I guarantee that mastering that sequence will have you looking forward to getting caught in the triangle just so you can quickly break out of it.

Here’s a preview video from the series showing one way that I like to escape from the classic mount arm lock attack. Hope it helps you on the mats!

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  1. Nicoco says:

    Thank you very much for the video.

  2. Dave Turner says:

    Those are great escapes. I am a 57 year old Martial Artist. I just started to study BJJ. My ground work is atrocious because I have done TKD and lifted weights all my life. I have halfway decent leg flexibilty but almost no torso flexibility. We were taugth an escape from an arm bar that entails going to the side, rolling on the shoulders, reversing the arm,and pulling it out of tori’s legs. It involves a lot of shoulder flexibility that I just do not have. Last Thursday we were rolling and a 275 pound twenty years younger judoka sucked my arm up into triangle. He went airborne and just about broke my elbow. I have had maybe ten classes and he is an a former collegiate and high school wrestler.I am still waiting to see if the doctor says my elbow is broken.

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