The armlock or armbar is a submission that aims to hyperextend the arm into compromising positions. There are two basic types of armlocks – the straight armlock and the bent armlock. The straight armlock is where you submit the opponent’s arm by straightening it and pushing it opposite the elbow joint.
The bent armlock is defined by first bending the arm to an “L” configuration, then forcing the hand towards the back. Common examples of bent armlocks are the kimura and americana.
Trying to finish the Armbar, but your opponent is putting up tough resistance?
You can always transition to the other side.
Here’s how to switch sides when going for an Armbar. Thomas Rozdzynski demonstrates:
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