Archive for June, 2013

Fixing the Most Common Armbar Mistakes

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Hip movement is the heart and soul of Brazilian jiu jitsu and grappling in general. When trying to lock a submission such as the triangle or the armbar or even the triangle armbar (serious ninja mystery!) then the most important factor for success is getting your engine (the hips) aligned to the joint you’re trying to attack (the elbow (armbar) / the neck (triangle))

When attacking with an armbar from guard, use the foot on the hip  to align your hips with the elbow you're attacking

When attacking with an armbar from guard, use the foot on the hip to align your hips with the elbow you’re attacking

Question: Where does red in the second picture need to move the hips to put on a triangle-armbar?

Answer: You’re hips are always chasing the joint you’re trying to break, in this case the elbow, so to his / her left

If you're countering the posturing escape against the triangle choke with  an armbar, it's very important to move your hips out and align them with the elbow you're attacking

If you’re countering the posturing escape against the triangle choke with
an armbar, it’s very important to move your hips out and align them with the elbow you’re attacking

In the first instance, get your foot on the hip, or on the mat if you have long legs. That’s not the main issue. Why you put the foot down is. You put it down so you can: chase the elbow, both by rotating but more importantly to bridge your hips up into the armpit to trap the elbow, while the second leg climbs and clamps on their back. Which way do you move your hips? You chase the elbow. If it’s their right arm you’ve trapped, you scoot your hips to their right (your left) and both align yourself behind the elbow and make sure it’s high on your body and not almost out past your groin.

Always chase the elbow, or whichever joint you’re trying to lock. Everything else should fall into place from there.

I will leave you an excellent video on correcting arm bar mistakes:

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Dirlei “Mao de Pedra” Broenstrup Defeats Walter Howard at Reality Fighting

Dirlei Broenstrup defeats Walter Howard

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Walter Howard 2-2-0 Vs Dirlei Broenstrup 6-3-0 at 205lbs.

Dirlei starts us off with a leg kick.  Dirlei gets the takedown but Walter is fighting his way back up.  They get back to their feet and there is a cup shot.  Walter comes forward swinging and is connecting with some good shots.  They clinch and Dirlei gets in an elbow.  They are clinching for a bit and exchanging knees.  They break and Dirlei takes him down and is working the side.  Dirlei threatens with a kimura but can’t get it.  They get back to their feet and Dirlei takes him down again working a rear naked choke but runs out of time.

Dirlei 10-9

Rd 2:  Dirlei starts us off with some leg kicks.  He then gets the double leg takedown and is in half guard.  Not much action is going on and the crowd is booing.  Dirlei is getting in some short punches.  Kevin stands them up.  Walter takes full advantage and gets in a combo.  He pushes Dirlei back with another combo.  Dirlei is fighting for a takedown and gets it.  He is working for a rear naked choke but this time with more time left.  He has a body triangle and is trying to sink in the arm under the chin.  Dirlei rolls him and is now full mount and gets in an elbow before the round ends.

Dirlei 10-9

Rd 3:  Dirlei starts us off with a cup shot.  He gets a warning but no point deduction.  Walter is working his jab.  Dirlei gets in some leg kicks.  He misses with a right.  Dirlei connects with a nice shot.  He is now fighting for a single leg takedown but Walter defends it well.  The ref breaks them up.  Walter is getting in his combos.  Dirlei’s mouthpiece goes flying.  Kevin stops the action and gives Dirlei is mouthpiece back.  Dirlei goes for a takedown but is pushed down.  Walter is on top and is getting in some big ground and pound as the round ends.  Dirlei is bleeding at the top of his head.

Walter 10-9

Dirlei Broenstrup defeats Walter Howard via unanimous decision.

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Gabriel Gonzaga will fight at UFC 162

Gonzaga vs Schaub

Team Link will return at UFC 162

An unspecified injury has forced heavyweight Shane Del Rosario to withdraw from UFC 162. As a result, Gabriel Gonzaga has stepped in to fill the void and face Dave Herman at the July 6 event.

The UFC announced the changes late on Friday night.

Gonzaga will have about five weeks to prepare for Herman.

The fight is likely a pivotal one for the UFC career of Herman, who has lost three straight and is also coming off a suspension for a failed drug test that flagged him for marijuana usage.

Herman (21-5) has been finished in three straight fights. He was most recently submitted by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 153. Prior to that he suffered a knockout loss at the hands of Roy Nelson, and another TKO via Stefan Struve. His only UFC win was a Fight of the Night knockout over John Olav Einemo in June 2011.

Gonzaga (14-7) is seven weeks removed from a knockout loss to Travis Browne at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale, a defeat that snapped a three-fight win streak. He was just removed from a mandatory medical suspension on Wednesday.

UFC 162 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and will be headlined by a middleweight title match pitting Anderson Silva against challenger Chris Weidman.

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