What is the Best Way to Do an Armlock in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Armlock

Arm locks are simple but effective Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques for blocking attacks and causing submissions and we look at two of the best below.

Two Methods for Performing Arm Locks

1. Standing Arm Lock

This is effective against a bottle or hammer fist attack. Block the attack with your left arm and move forward on your left foot. Put your right arm under the attacker’s bicep, hold your left wrist with your right hand and put your right foot forward to ensure both feet are level. Raise your right elbow and push your hands to the ground.

2. Downward Block Arm Lock

This is an arm lock used when your opponent throws an uppercut and left hook combo. Block the strike with your left hand, step forward with your left foot and use your right hand to grab the right hand of the attacker. Twist clockwise on the ball of your left foot and set up a straight arm lock. If your attacker throws a left hook, block the strike with your left arm and grab their left wrist with your left hand. Put their left hand under their right armpit and push their right wrist to the ground. This position gives you the opportunity to perhaps attempt a submission move.

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