Check out this compilation of the armdrag used in wrestling and grappling competitions.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Here is a simple option for a submission straight from the arm drag in a guard situation. D'arce is a natural choice because of the angle you gain as you drag. If you're having trouble finishing the D'arce in general try to think about the blade of your forearm laying directly on the trachea. Sometimes it is even necessary to slide the arm lower in order to get the blade in the "sweet spot" so that the choke is more effective.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Some additional arm drag counter action, redrag variation first then a simple redirect. Try this move if you find yourself being swept as you step over. Just a slight variation: drive across with the hips instead of stepping, keep your legs away from any hooks and keep the weight on your opponent. Essentially you are shrimping across the opponent's midsection still ending in side mount / control.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Finally getting into some defensive / counters for the arm drag. This is the most basic and arguably the most effective. Known simply as the redrag, it is effective due to the fact that the arm drag is actually a fairly symmetrical technique until the final stage (the angle change). This video covers standing and ground variation for the redrag arm drag counter.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Great drill for the arm drag, also goes over our fine points of the arm drag (again). Also shows an interesting set up drill for biceps pummeling that I haven't seen before. As with all wrestling maneuvers (possibly all mma if you go deeper) posture is extremely important.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
This video is essentially to let you know that the arm drag is basically available from anywhere. It is a viable option in several grappling positions and can drastically improve your position when done correctly. Notice the points of the drag are constant. It requires wrist control, a triceps grip and clearance from your body. It also requires an angle change from the practitioner, all no matter what position it is used from.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Grappling application of the armdrag, pendulum sweep from closed guard. As stated in the video there are several other options once you successfully armdrag and trap the arm.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Armdrag to back-take, from an open / butterfly or even broken butterfly guard. Don't let the fact they're training gi put you off this technique is very mixed martial arts competition / nogi competition applicable. The basic armdrag technique is essentially the same as standing except that the angle must be obtained by other means than footwork as shown in this technique one option is to post the hand and use a head trap to gain the proper angle to control the opponent's posture and in this case take the back.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Breaking into another very useful technique for mma, the armdrag! great technique with several different applications for mma. We'll start with one of the more obvious ones: an armdrag to takedown, with variations for if the opponent countergrabs. Don't forget to like the op.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Takedown variation - 1. a sweet trip, bad news is it'll land you in half guard or maybe even full guard depending on the opponent, 2. Mark goes over the single leg option. As with all armdrag techniques the angle is the key, the proper angle gives a better mechanical advantage in order to complete the technique. As with all wrestling proper posture is necessary for effective an armdrag.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Technique: Catch wrestling armdrag, good perspective on initiating the armdrag, how to feint a takedown to obtain wrist control etc. Also digs into the science of leverage and training decision points. All good information encapsulated in a short video. Did I forget to mention the start of a new section on technique, focussing on the armdrag?
Saturday, June 6, 2015
Finally I have time to review our section on double leg takedowns! As with our single leg study, and possibly wrestling technique at large, we've learned that posture is extremely important when it comes to effective takedowns. When attempting a double leg we've learned that it can be compared to a jab in striking, where it's not always a finish necessarily, but sometimes more of a set-up to create openings for other techniques. In addition shutting down the takedown is analogous to single leg defense. Breaking the posture is essential to avoiding the takedown, but also understanding the posture can help you counter the takedown effectively. Hopefully, we've added some weapons to your arsenal that you weren't aware of.
Edit: Anyone who saw UFC 188 Velasquez vs Werdum, you know that Werdum countered a double leg takedown with a standard guillotine choke. It's clear from the highlights that both fighters were getting gassed at this point but look at the posture of Cain as he initiates the takedown. Although he effectively initiates the takedown and finishes on top, his head posture leaves him vulnerable to an deep guillotine. Video is below: The takedown / guillote is at about 3:09