BJJ armbar vs tight hands

BJJ Armbar From Mount Vs Tight Hands

If you’ve train BJJ then I guarantee you have been in a Mount positions unable to finish your opponent. If you get someone in Mount and they just ball up it can be very difficult to get the Submission. This is especially true when someone keeps their hands together.

This is the problem our buddy Nurzhigit is having. He says he’s finally able to get some offense going during his Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training but says that he can’t seem to finish once he gets to Mount because the person will lock their hands together.

I have a whole arsenal of techniques to deal with this very situation because over the years I’ve experienced the same frustration. I could get to Mount during BJJ competitions or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu training but I couldn’t seem to get the submission.

So I had to develop multiple ways to attack because I knew I SHOULD be able to snag the submission from Mount.

In the video I give two of the simplest ways I know to combat our opponent in Brazilian Jiu jitsu locking their hands.


Basic Setups for BJJ Armbar and Keylock

1 option is a basic 2 on 1 that works well pretty much through all belt levels. A basic setup using the Keylock / Americana from Mount and transitioning to the BJJ Armbar from Mount if the opponent turns to defend (which is very common).

The 2nd is another evergreen technique involving a hand crawl to isolate the head and shoulder. I’ve used this one, again, since I was a BJJ white belt.

If you watch my channel you know that I’m not really into fancy techniques. I like straight forward, more “old school”, Brazilian Jiujitsu techniques that allow me to dominate position and chip away at the opponent.

I hope the 2 submissions and BJJ armbar setup from mount shown in this video helps!

Thanks again to Nurzhigit, from Kazakhstan, Aktau city. Who trains at Caspian Brothers BJJ.


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Stealthy Grip To Setup Baseball Choke From Side Control

Stealthy Grip To Setup Baseball Choke From Side Control

One of the best lessons I ever learned to setup a baseball choke using the gi lapel and collars is to hide my grips, or as I like to put it, be stealthy with them. Take my time so that my grips fly under the opponent’s “radar” so to speak.

In this video I show a very common baseball choke from side control, but I show a small detail that you can use to make it easier. The key again, is to use a stealthy grip to setup the choke. Rather than leaving them out for the opponent to defend.

Baseball Choke From Side Control

From side control you will get a loose grip on the back of the neck with your thumb. Then with the other hand that is going to go four fingers into the collar. Instead of grabbing the collar first, you slide your hand onto the person’s chest. This allows you to get your hand into position without setting off a tripwire early on the collar. Because the minute your touch the collar, the person will be on high alert and will begin to defend.

Any person that has been training Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for any length of time will start to become very defensive as soon as the collar is grabbed. So by not grabbing the collar until the very last moment where we are ready to attack with the choke and move from side control to north south. We minimize their ability to defend it. Essentially you minimize the overall time they have to defend.

So I hope this helps you, and again a small takeaway from this lesson is to be clever. Find new ways to setup old moves in BJJ. I’ve known this move since my second week of BJJ. But by adding this little grip change. It’s been effective for me even against higher level opponents.

The baseball choke is a great BJJ submission from side control and I hope the adjustment helps you with your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training!

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Simple Grip To Rear Naked Choke A Muscular Person

Simple Grip To Rear Naked Choke A Muscular Person

Getting a rear naked choke on a muscular person can be really difficult at times. Large shoulder and trap muscles, a thick neck and big chest create obstacles for our hands to work through in search of the rear naked choke.

In this video I show a chin strap grip that I like to use to get the choke from back mount. Most people already know the forearm across the face and lifting up to get the choke, and it works very well.

But, as we all know, in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu there is more than one way to get the job done. This grip variation is a perfect example of that. It’s also not a very common one so it will give you the chance to have a trick up your sleeve if you use it correctly.



Why I Started Using The Chin Strap Grip

I originally started using this chin strap grip to get the rear naked choke when I was rolling with a big blue belt meat head who weight 260-270+.

He was rolling really rough with some of the smaller guys in class and my instructor asked me to roll with him to get him away from the smaller guys. I was a purple belt at the time.

When we started rolling he was going on and on about how he couldn’t be choke from his back. So it struck a chord with me and I was bound and determined to get the rear naked choke on him.

During the roll I was initially frustrated with trying to get the choke. When I would pry across the face with my forearm he would either just force his neck down or grab my hands. And when I tried to slide my hand under his neck. His muscles acted as a wall that got in my way.

But I still had the back position.

Eventually things clicked and my palm ended up on the bottom of his chin. He couldn’t remove the grip and I was able to make just enough space to slide in the rear naked choke.

Afterwards we continued to roll and I used the same grip technique 5 times, over and over, to hit the rear naked choke.

It was one of those moments where you realize that if you mentally commit and go all in to do something on the mat in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Your body will find a way to make it happen.

I hope this technique is useful for you!


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BJJ Back Mount Drills (Submissions And Red Necks)

BJJ Back Mount Drills (Submissions And Red Necks)

Having counters to someone’s back mount escape puts you a step ahead of them on the Jiu-jitsu chess match, and will save you the headache of losing one of the most dominant positions in BJJ!

Having back mount in BJJ and then losing it is frustrating. You had the person right where you wanted them, and then they got away.

In this video I share some BJJ drills from the back mount position. These are some really simple drills designed to build muscle memory for the grips, hip and body movement and can be used for a warm up. I’ve also pieced together submissions from the drills.

Most of the drills in the video are focused around how to deal with a person who is escaping on the side of your choking arm. I see a lot of people who will just give up once a person starts to escape. There are a lot of techniques that can be used in the transition after someone escapes.

You might be saying,”Chewy, but wouldn’t we rather just hold them in back mount and not let them escape?”

Well of course, but how does that work for you?

Against a good opponent with a decent back defense, it can be difficult to hold. So having some options to reclaim the back mount or to adjust to their escapes is helpful. Eventually after maintaining the back mount and stopping the persons escapes your opponent will accept the position and that’s when we go to work.

In addition to back mount retention drills. I’ve included a few submission drills that are super basic bread and butter movements.

As always I hope you enjoy the video and I hope it gives something to look forward to working on the mats.




7 Armbar Drills From Side Control And Knee On Belly

7 Armbar Drills From Side Control And Knee On Belly

In this video I show 7 Armbar Drills from Side Control and Knee On Belly position. I start with the basic shin in armbar and a couple of other variations. Then I move into a combination of knee on belly, passing and sweeping leading into the armbar.

You can substitute any of the passing or sweeps for your particular favorites that cause you to end up in a side control or knee on belly positions.



Get Faster With Faster Drills

These armbar drills and movements are a great way to build speed for your submissions and at the same time build your cardio up. After you’ve done enough reps that you feel comfortable with the movement. Start performing the reps at a faster and faster pace.

If you’ve never drilled fast. You’ll be surprised at what a few minutes of fast pace drilling can do. You’re essentially moving at the same pace as you would during a roll.

If you’re new to fast pace drilling. This video could give you a chance to try it out. Take any of the drills and start slow to nail down the movements themselves. After you get a fair level of comfort with them. Build them to the point where you can’t go any faster.

You’ll get a little sloppier than you would when you’re slow, but the speed will be useful when it’s time to roll.

Loose Knees During The Armbar Drills

Also you’ll probably notice my knees are a little loose whenever I finish the armbars in this video. This is to make sure that I don’t torque my partners arm if for some reason I fall back a bit too fast or loose my footing during the fast drilling. Every now and then I see some of the younger guys fall a bit too quickly on the armbars and over stretch their partners arm. Just something I wanted to point out.

I hope these 7 armbar drills from side control and knee on belly help.

If you have any questions, comments or requests. Just leave a message below.


7 Simple BJJ Mount Attacks ( 2 On 1 Keylock Setup)

7 Simple BJJ Mount Attacks ( 2 On 1 Keylock Setup)

In this video I demonstrate 7 BJJ Mount Attacks that give you several submission and options that work by themselves or string together with one another. The series begins with a key lock setup and moves into armbars, back takes and chokes.

One of the common responses to defend the keylock in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will setup the rest of our mount attacks. It involves the person turning to their side in order to grab the arm and bring it back to their chest. As the person turns they will have to compensate for our weight. So if we pop to a foot and release a little pressure it will allow us to take advantage of the angle on the person.

Simple BJJ Mount Attacks

These techniques are a solid, stupid simple, staples. It’s not fancy looking and you’re not inverting upside down. But the stuff works. I still use several of these techniques to this day against black belts and many of my white belts and blue belts use these in BJJ tournaments. I literally had one kid win the Chicago Open back in 2012 using the 2on1 setup to bow and arrow choke. He hit 3 people with it.

One thing I will add is that I was a little high in my mount during the video. This was to demonstrate the techniques and make sure that my hands were visible. During training you’ll want to drill these techniques a little lower to your partner or opponent during rolling.

I’ve gotten some great feedback on the previous drilling videos and I hope these 7 BJJ Mount Attacks give you some options or at least give you some ideas to think about in your own game.

If you have any questions or would like to see a particular position covered. Let me know!


Tips To Improve Your Kimura From Side Control With Straight Arm Lock

Tips To Improve Your Kimura From Side Control With Straight Arm Lock

12034370_10153584212140907_5381847168925998198_o-2Since I was a white belt, one of my best submissions has been the kimura from side control. I’ve just had a knack for catching it. Maybe it’s the wrestler in me that feels comfortable in side control and maybe it’s the fact that I have short arms which makes the figure four lock of the kimura a strong position for me.

Either way, over the years of using the kimura I’ve definitely found some different tips and techniques that have made the submission more effective. In fact, it’s effective enough that I still routinely  use it successfully against Black Belts.

For me, the litmus test to whether or not a move is effective or not is if I can use it against an opponent of similar skill. There are always slick techniques that I can hit against less skilled people. But if I can hit it against a person of the same level, then that means it’s a solid move.

The kimura from side control definitely isn’t the prettiest technique out there and doesn’t have as many steps as a lot of techniques. But the simplicity and the detail of the few steps it does have is beautiful in a way. It’s such a simple technique. But that’s kind of the cool thing about Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Even with a simple technique, if you take the time to refine it, it can become an unstoppable weapon.

I’ve included a match where I used the technique successfully in competition. If you would like to see what it looks like in action vs just shown as a technique then check out this video as well.


Below is the demonstration of the technique. In the video I demonstrate some simple tips to improve your kimura from side control. I also add in a straight arm lock attack that you can throw in when your opponent tries to straighten their arm out of the lock.



4 Leg Locks From Half Guard: Countering the Underhook

In this video I demonstrate how to do 4 different leg locks from Half Guard.

This is one of my favorite leg series. 1 because I love using the back step and 2 because it is a relatively safe position for my feet while being able to attack my opponent.

You can use it from Half Guard either as a counter to the person’s under hook, or you could even use it offensively by baiting the person by letting them get the under hook.




BJJ Self Defense (Grab and Pull)

In this video I demonstrate how to use the outside single leg from wrestling and BJJ and combine it with one of the most effective self defense techniques available. Again, this shows that even Sport BJJ techniques can be as BJJ Self Defense for unfortunate situations.

Also, keep in mind. This is a joke and all in good fun.


Scissor Sweep To Triangle Choke : Beginner Setup


Scissor Sweep To Triangle Choke : Beginner Triangle Choke Setup

This is one of my favorite techniques to show to my white belts. It’s a solid triangle choke setup using the scissor sweep. It utilizes the motion of the scissor sweep to setup the triangle choke. Because most white belts spend a ton of time drilling scissor sweeps. It makes it easy to use early on. That said, the move is still effective even at the higher levels and there are plenty of techniques that can be used from this position. I actually used this technique last week against a brown belt while we were doing situational rolling from inside the full guard. If you’re working from your full guard, give it a try and see if it fits into your game.

Also, just in case you’re curious. In one of my previous videos I showed a no gi style triangle choke (view it here No Gi Triangle Choke )

The biggest tip I can give for this particular triangle choke setup is to really punch that leg through. It throws the person off balance and makes finishing the triangle choke much easier.


Try it out and let me know if it works for you. Shoot me a message or leave a comment!