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Get to Grips with the Closed Guard Armbar with Kenneth Brown

Kenneth Brown, Fight 2 Win athlete and head instructor at 2nd Gear Jiu Jitsu in Laurel MD shows you how to get the closed guard armbar.

The devil is in the details and Kenneth Brown is no stranger to passing on the detailed knowledge that makes good Jiu Jitsu Players into great ones. Here Kenneth breaks down the simple technique of a closed guard armbar, explaining all of the finer points that will bring your BJJ game to the next level.

The technique starts in closed guard with a same side collar grip and a same side sleeve grip. Make sure to take the time to rotate the knuckles in on the sleeve grip and keep your elbow close to your body. Your goal from this position is to break his posture. Curl your heels to the mat and lift your hips up. Using the hips and both grips, you can generate a lot of force to break your opponent’s posture and get them where you want them.

After you break his posture, you give it back to him, but as you do, open your guard and close it again to clamp his arm and shoulders. Make sure that your trapping leg is on the side that you have the sleeve grip, with the other leg as the locking leg, so that he can’t pull his arm out. Also, lift your hips, so that he can’t wriggle forward.

Now you need to chop down with your trapping leg to turn his body. Then chop your other leg across his shoulders, before slicing the trapping leg over his head. you can then put cross the ankle of the other leg over the knee to put more pressure on his head, making it impossible for him to stack or to pull the arm out. From here, simply finish the armbar.

For more great techniques like the closed guard armbar, stay tuned to Revgear Sports. If you are in the DC/Baltimore area, you can train with Kenneth at 2nd Gear Jiu Jitsu and learn from him in person.

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Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports. He has been training in Muay Thai gyms around the world for around 15 years and is a qualified Muay Thai instructor. He has lived in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Tom is a native of England, but based in the USA. When he's not kicking or holding the pads, Tom is either deep into writing an article, exploring the world or connecting with fellow martial artists. Tom is currently beginning his Jiu Jitsu journey in the Kore gi and 10th Planet no gi systems, as well as working to reconstruct the techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism.

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