BJJ Instructional: Armbar from Mount

When people who aren’t practicing fighters think of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu submission they usually think of the armbar, guillotine, and the rear naked choke. Today we’ll go over just that, the armbar.

The armbar from mount is more commonly seen in MMA than BJJ due to the ground and pound aspect of the sport. Fighters trying to protect themselves from strikes put their arms up in prime position for this submission.

How  to Execute the Armbar

In the video above by Pro MMA Fighter Tim “Take Your Back” O’Connell we learn an armbar for self defense or MMA. I like this particular set up because as Tim said you still maintain top position. Let’s look at the steps:

  1. Once you are in the mount use strikes to get the opponent to raise their hands
  2. When they lift their arms move up to the high mount position with one knee past their head
  3. Stick the leg of the leg without the high knee out. Keeping your weight through their
    The armbar, an arm lock variation, is one of the most common submissions in BJJ. This is another variatio

    The armbar, an arm lock variation, is one of the most common submissions in BJJ. This is another variation

    chest. Curl the leg in towards the head and pinch in

  4. Put your hand of the curled in leg side on the mat and put all your weight on it. Then go “elbow to elbow’ attacking the opponent’s arm with your free hand.
  5. Take the leg with the knee past the head and step over the head and scooping under
  6. To get your finish push the leg under his head away from you

If you like the armbar as a submission or you’d like to see it in practice I have an article here about Ronda “The Armbar Assassin” Rousey. She is a UFC Champion who has won every fight by armbar!

You don’t need to be a UFC Champion like her to be able to use armbars though. At Black Diamond Mixed Martial Arts we teach all people of all ages and skill how to properly defend themselves!

We hope to have you down for an awesome free class!

Johnny “Red” Dubois

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s Most Famous Move for Self Defense

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The Most Common Attack in Backyard Brawls

You can go on Youtube and look up hundreds of videos of people fighting each other on the streets. You can notice a common trend in all of these fights and that’s if someone has the opportunity too they’ll start pulling each other’s hair. It doesn’t take really any skill and you don’t exert much energy in the ability to control a person, inflict damage, and cause pain. So today I’ll be sharing resources and going over how to defend against somebody pulling your hair.

The Hair Pull Breakdown

In order to protect our luscious locks we have to understand the dangers and damage that someone can inflict on you by pulling your hair. The biggest factor that it entails is that they can control your body. Martial Artists are taught that where the body goes, the head will follow. Any time you are in a fight you DO NOT want somebody having a means of control over you. Hair pulling also inflicts massive amounts of pain in your head which can distract you from properly defending yourself. Hair pulling will also uproot your hair from your scalp which is what will cause the pain

Defending Hair Pulls

Hair pulling in a fight

Hair pulling in a fight is one factor that an untrained brawler can use to hurt someone in a fight

One thing I like about this technique is that it can be used by anyone regardless of size. In this video I provided below we learn the proper defense against hair pulling. The first thing you want to do is make sure you get into a nice fighting stance. This ensures that you won’t lose your balance and end up getting pull down or knocked over onto the ground. At the same time you want to bring your hands up and grab the hand pulling your hair. Make sure your hands are on top of each other and then you want to start to squeeze their hands into your head. This will cause pain in their hands and will also flatten out their grip so it will be easier for you to escape. Another plus of your hands up there is your elbows are up ready to block any incoming strikes.

Now that you have good control over his hands and you’re defending yourself it’s time to escape. First in order to create and off balance in him and so you can move easier you need to drop your base down. Next you are going to take a step back as shown in the video. The two of these elements combined will create a wrist lock. To actually free yourself now you are going to throw their hands off to the side. If you try to lift straight up it will take some hair out and it’s harder to do. This way you can free yourself without a jam. If you feel necessary you can follow on with some strikes or just run away. Either way get to a safe area and call the police.

With this knowledge I feel confident in your abilities to defend against someone pulling your hair

 Johnny “Red” Dubois

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BJJ World Champ Teaches a Takedown

Jimmy Quinlan is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Champion, and contestant on the show “The Ultimate Fighter.” 

His first combat sport training was actually not MMA or Jiu Jitsu, but wrestling, and here he demonstrates some awesome wrestling technique from the feet.

I always feel the need to say it: WATCH THE FOOTWORK – this is the most important part of the technique itself.

Enjoy, and train with the best!

-Zach

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: The Most Effective Form of Self Defense

 It’s a Friday night at 5 o’clock and you’ve just come off work. You leave your building and start walking to your car and BAM it happens. That moment you never thought could ever happen. It could never happen to me, it’s only on TV and the movies, I come by this way all the time. But here you are stuck in an alley way and you are getting attacked. You know you’re not a trained big bad cage fighter or batman so you don’t know what to do. The lack of knowledge in basic Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and self defense tactics can be the difference between life and death.

The Gentle Art

One thing that seems to always happen in every fight is it hits the ground at some point. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art dedicated to ground fighting. BJJ fighters learn how to

The armbar, an arm lock variation, is one of the most common submissions in BJJ

The armbar, an arm lock variation, is one of the most common submissions in BJJ

control an opponent on the ground and force an arm lock, shoulder lock, choke hold, and leg locks to have an opponent surrender or “tap out”. Even just a few basic BJJ moves can save your life.

 

The Most BJJ Effective Move For Self Defense

So we’re back in our scenario, you’re in the terrifying situation of being attacked on the streets. The attacker goes to tackle you and instantly in the back of your head you remember a technique you read about online. It was called the guillotine choke. You successfully set in the choke and then as soon as I kicks in and the attacker is out cold you run away and call the police. This choke is by far the most effective submission you can learn for self defense.  It is an amazing tool for anyone to use because you do not need to be the bigger fighter in order to do it. You can be smaller and weaker than your attacker and still be able to easily hit this move.

How to do the guillotine

 Once the attacker starts to come in and take you down you will grab the back of his head and guide it to your other arm. It is really important to do this because if not his momentum could knock you down and then you are stuck fighting on the ground. This move to the other arm also deceives the opponent and they may not be expecting to be choked. Once you have the head you want to drop it into your other arm making sure the arm is under the chin. If your arm isn’t under the chin the opponent can escape the choke.  Now you will take the hand of the arm not underneath the head and grab your own wrist. This ensures a strong tight seal on his or her neck. Next as shown in the video, you will wind your elbow over onto their back. Then you will apply the pressure to the neck and only stop when either your opponent gives up or they pass out.  At this point I would get to a safe area as soon as possible and call the police.

Hopefully this situation would never happen to you but now you have on tool up your sleeve to defend yourself

Johnny “Red” Dubois

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Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense and Self Protection

Most people assume that being on the bottom in a self defense situation is ALWAYS a bad thing. Though it’s certainly not PREFERABLE, it’s actually very versatile for submission holds and choke techniques.

Here Coach Dan explores one of the most common from-the-bottom self defense technique from the bottom – inspired by Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu styles.

Dan often teaches self defense seminars to law enforcement officers and military personelle, as well – where these “real life” situations are all the more important to understand and handle SWIFTLY.

Enjoy!

-Zach

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Using Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Self Defense

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We live in for the most part a safe world free of worry and harm. Unlike some other countries the United States is lucky enough to have a trained police force ready to handle any situation. But what happens when the police aren’t there and something happens? That horrible scenario no one thinks could ever happen to them, having to defend your life using nothing more than your body. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a martial art revolving around ground fighting that can be used for self defense. Using videos and links lets analyze the effectiveness of BJJ as a means of self defense.

The Effectiveness of the Gentle Art

In this article we’ll be looking at Mixed Martial Arts competitions for the majority of the comparisons seeing how it is as close to a real fight as we can get. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the biggest and most elite promotion of professional MMA. When the UFC first started there was no rounds and the fight was stopped by submission, knockout, tko, referee stoppage, or throwing in the towel. There was huge controversy over the UFC with people calling it “human cock fighting”.

Winning the tournament was BJJ legend Royce Gracie. He won every match in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds by submission. We can see some of his MMA highlights in this video. In the video we saw how Royce dominated the competition despite him being smaller than his opponents. What gave him the leg up to win was his knowledge in BJJ. These techniques when applied can cause serious bodily harm which is enough for you to get away to a safe area and call the police.

The Ineffectiveness of BJJ

There are three major concerns in using BJJ in the streets is it is only designed around fighting one person, there is no

Martial Artists show the effectiveness of eye gouges

Martial Artists show the effectiveness of eye gouges

account for dirty fighting and weapons, and the actual fact you have to get on the ground.

God forbid you run into the situation that multiple people are attacking you but at that point you’ll have to scrap fighting on the ground like you would in the gym and have to advert to fighting for your life. Consolidating a top side control isn’t going to work out to well when a second and third attacker is kicking you in the head.

BJJ training does not include disarmaments of weapons or even training with weapons themselves. BJJ also doesn’t account for hair pulling, strikes to the groin, eye gouges, and all the “dirty” techniques implemented in a combat situation of fighting for your life.

 In a self defense situation you do not want to have to fight on the ground because someone could run up and attack you from behind and you will have little to no defense. Also the ground in the streets is not like the mats in the gym and chance of injury increases.

What techniques we can take away

Overall BJJ is in my opinion an effective means of self defense

UFC Fighters using a guillotine choke in a fight

UFC Fighters using a guillotine choke in a fight

if applied correctly. Standing submissions such as the guillotine choke will more than get the job done. Things such as pulling guard, going inverted, and dropping back for a leg lock are ill advised.

The combination of fundamental BJJ and “dirty” fighting can make the difference of you coming home alive that night or just becoming another statistic.

Johnny “Red” Dubois

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RI Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach Involved in Charity for Rio de Janeiro’s Children!

SAM_0865Elias and Professor stand in front of their team flag with Black Diamond MMA Shirts on!

Coach Dan traveled to Rio this past summer to volunteer at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dojos and academies in the very poorest parts of Brazil. One of the academies he was able to visit was called “Equipe Mazinho” or “Team Mazinho.” 

RI’s BJJ Instructor in the Heart of Rio’s Favelas

After Dan had taught a great Jiu Jitsu class to the children, Elias (top left) gave Daniel a traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu uniform with the team logo stitched into it. In thanks, Daniel returned home and mailed our chocolate bars for the children and two “BDMMA” Team T-Shirts for Elias and his Jujitsu professor (top right).

The mail took over 2 months to arrive because of the severe issues with delivery and the postal service of Brazil (especially the poorest regions), but the shirts finally arrived and now there is a little part of Black Diamond MMA still in Rio!

More News to Come on the Next Brazil Trip

What you can’t see is that the space the Elias and the students are standing in is less than 150 square feet, and it is the space of their entire academy. They have over 300 students, broken up by age ground and experience level, with classes starting in the morning and lasting through most of the day. To manage all of that, and handle is own job / responsibilities - Elias and Professor are respected by many of the parents as real saints and members of a common family.

Dan hopes that in his next trip he will be able to see his friends once again – and we’ll be sure to gather up more photos!

-Zack

BDMMA Front Desk

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Brazilain Jiu Jitsu for the Average Joe

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In our modern age we are constantly seeing images of ageless women, men who are shredded up with rock hard muscles, and the exploits of professional athletes who seem to perform at a high standard even if they are getting up into their 40’s or if they are coming off an injury. But how realistic are all those images? Quite frankly they aren’t. One of the many images the media flashes to us is that of a professional fighter, boasting in mixed martial arts events and Olympic events such as Taekwondo and Judo.  But the average martial artist isn’t your fine tuned athletic fighting machine. In fact they look a lot like just your normal every day person just heading to the gym to get a good workout in. Let’s take a look at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for your “average Joe”

Why People Start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

One of the things people ask is why would someone start practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)? The answer is pretty simple, it’s unique. Every day we go through the same mundane and boring tasks so people are looking to break that up. Most gyms offer a full set of weights, treadmills, stair climbers, and general fitness classes but how many offer a fun and unique way to not only stay in shape but defend yourself? Joining a BJJ is not just joining a gym, it’s joining a family and many people are looking to be a part of a tight knit group that they can trust and rely on. If you are looking for a BJJ gym in your area this site is a nice tool to aid in the process

Why BJJ is one of the best ways to stay in shape

Nobody will doubt that you will get in better shape by

Joe Lauzon instructs an armbar setup at Black Diamond Mixed Martial Arts

Joe Lauzon instructs an armbar setup at Black Diamond Mixed Martial Arts

participating in BJJ. Many BJJ practitioners will endure conditioning sessions to help build lean muscle, promote endurance, improve cardio, and strengthen explosive power. Drilling, a way of learning techniques by repeatedly hitting a certain sweep or submission as hard and fast as you can in a set time, is also another way fighters will test the limits of their bodies.

The arguably most fun way BJJ fighters train is with “live rolling”. Live rolling is when two fighters will fight and grapple at an intensity very close to competition. It is not only a great way to test martial arts skill but also their cardiovascular endurance, explosive power, and muscle endurance. BJJ is for everyone of all size and age. This video shows a 55 year old man receving his blue belt in BJJ

Putting the Metal to the Fire

The majority of people who start practicing BJJ will find they love it enough to start to compete. There are thousands of grappling tournaments around the world that are actually pretty easy to find. When a competitor gets ready for a fight or tournament they not only train for their technical BJJ skills but also their physical conditioning.

 They try to get into what’s called “fight shape”, a physical level where they are able to use their bodies to the maximum potential. The training for a fight or competition, often referred to as a camp, is an intensity unlike your normal day at the gym. Competition grows your technical abilities and also lets you see what you are truly made of.

All in all if you are looking for an exciting way to stay or to get in shape, there is no better place to turn too than Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Johnny “Red” Dubois

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The Applications of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in MMA

Mixed Martial Arts is by far the biggest upcoming, smash mouth, in your face sport. It attracts fans due to its rugged nature, its allure of traditional martial arts, and the awe of professional prize fighting.  So what exactly is this sport? Mixed Martial Arts is a full contact martial arts competition where two fighters will use techniques involving striking, clinch work, and grappling. The most complex and technical aspect of MMA is the grappling. One of the most highly regarded grappling systems employed by fighters today is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Those who aren’t familiar with various martial arts styles probably don’t know too much about the history technique of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or “BJJ.” BJJ is a fighting style dedicated to entirely to grappling and clinching techniques. The goal of BJJ is to take an opponent from standing to the ground, gain positive control, and force the opponent to submit. It is often referred to as the gentle art. BJJ is fought both in Gis (traditional Kiminos or uniforms) and without Gis.

Gi BJJ has a belt ranking system like many other martial arts. It originally has roots in the styles of Judo and Japanese Jiu Jitsu and early pioneers include Mitsuyo Maeda and Carlos Gracie. Some of the most common techniques found in BJJ are elusive guard pulls or takedowns from the standing positions, dazzling sweeps and reversals, innumerable chokes, fancy leg locks, shoulder locks, and arm locks. All of these are seen today in modern MMA competitions as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has made itself the most prominent ground-fighting art in high-level MMA competition.

Grappling in Mixed Martial Arts Competition

Joe Lauzon, famous MMA competitor and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner

Joe Lauzon, famous MMA competitor and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner – here seen applying the “Kimura,” a shoulder lock.

In MMA, fighters are allowed to strike with knees, elbows, and punches on the ground (often referred to as “ground and pound”). This is by far the biggest game changer in terms of changing the dynamic of the competition and adding in a new level of danger and urgency. Due to the fact that fighters would rather inflict the damage than receive it you will notice certain differences in the two arts. Often times MMA fighters will spend more time learning how to improve top control, have quick sweeps and submissions from the bottom, and often won’t go inverted. The most common submissions seen in MMA are the guillotine (UFC fighter Nick Diaz instructional here), triangle choke, arm bars, rear naked chokes, and kimuaras.

These “subs” are mostly favored due to the fact that either they do not give up their top control or they are placed in based off of a mistake by the other fighter in an attempt to either takedown or hit the other fighter on the ground. Other differences are having to go up against fighters of other grappling styles such as wrestling, judo, and sambo. All in all it makes for an exciting display of martial arts. Some famous jiu jitsu fighters in MMA are Demian Maia, Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz, Jim Miller, Jake Shields, Joe Lauzon, Royce Gracie, BJ Penn, and Kenny Florian. 

As the sport expands, the depth of technique both in sport Jiu Jitsu and MMA grappling will only increase, and fighters of the future will all have a solid grounding in grappling technique. From the origins of BJJ in Brazil to the cages of the UFC you will almost always see a high flying display of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Mixed Martial Arts.

-Johnny “Red” Dubois

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