Don’t tell us, we know it happened to you like a million times… You’ve finally gained top position – either a Mount or Side Mount and you’ve isolated the training partner’s arm successfully. However, as you go for the submission, you fall down way too fast and your partner manages to escape. Or, alternatively, you’re afraid of going for the submission because you’re afraid that you’ll pop your training partner’s arm because of uncontrollably falling back.
There is a simple way to circumvent this, actually. Nick “Chewy” Albin demonstrates how.
MAKE YOUR ARMBAR FINISH TIGHTER AND MORE CONTROLLED
Chewy explains that, when going for an Armbar from a top position, you shouldn’t anchor yourself just to the arm you’re attacking. Rather, you should use your training partner’s defense to your advantage – as they’ll probably be grabbing onto their biceps or similar in order to keep the arm bent.
So, what you’ll do is that you’ll anchor to their far arm. While controlling the arm that you’re attacking with one of your hands, use your second hand to grab and pull their other arm towards yourself. When you do that, then sit back down to your butt and apply the Armbar.
This won’t just prevent you from simply falling back when applying Armbars, but it will also make the submission easier to apply as you’ll have an easier time hyperextending their arm.
Watch the video below to understand why, as well as to understand how to apply this submission with more efficiency from Side Mount: