The best escape is to never get caught by the submission in the first place… But everyone who trains BJJ knows that’s far from what happens on a day-to-day basis. You get caught – and that gives you an opportunity to work on your defense.
But what if you’re caught really deep in a submission, such as an Armbar? What if your opponent is just one step away from getting the tap?
Don’t worry. Nick “Chewy” Albin has just the escape you need.
LAST DITCH ARMBAR ESCAPE
If your grip is close to the breaking point in an Armbar, you need to act immediately. Chewy shows that you’re supposed to first start “walking” towards the opponent’s legs. Then, bring your elbow closer to the ground; you’re going to use it to “scoop” the opponent’s far leg up.
As soon as you’ve elevated their leg, shoot your own leg underneath it and lock it with the another one! Turn in towards the opponent with your hips and legs – and you’re all set for your escape.
This defense widens out the opponent’s legs, thus making it substantially difficult for them to finish the submission. From there, you’re going to start turning your torso towards your opponent, all the while with the goal of bringing your attacked arm’s elbow to the mats.
Keep in mind the direction your thumb is facing, though… Watch the video below to see more details that make this escape work: