It can get extremely frustrating when your training partner turtles up… And then all he does is stay there; playing a really tight defense and not letting an ounce of air get in-between his hips, let alone one of your hooks.
What are you supposed to do when this happens? When there’s no way you can isolate their arms, legs, nor attack their neck or get your hooks in? Brian Glick has an effective solution: a unique Armbar setup.
ARMBAR SETUP FROM TOP TURTLE
But wait a minute. How are you supposed to get an Armbar from top turtle, if you can’t isolate their arm? Well, yeah, that’s the point: you will have to isolate their arm. But there’s a unique way to go about it that Brian Glick goes about it.
Namely, he “digs” in a shallow “hole” at around his training partner’s tricep area. This is the area where you’ll have the easiest (albeit not easy) of ways to find some space, by making swift movements left-to-right. Then, as soon as you’re inside, grab a hold of their arm; make sure that it’s at least near the wrist, if not on the wrist itself.
Then, you’ll stand up and walk around so that your hips face the partner’s head – all the while preserving your grip on their arm. This will make them rotate to the side and sort of flip over, which makes it possible for you to get the regular Armbar finish.
Watch how Brian does it on the video below: