Arm bar from back

If your opponent is an expert at defending against the rear naked choke, catching him in an arm bar is an excellent alternative. As you can see in the photos below, you want to lock one of your opponent's arms up as if you are going for a kimura. Then you slide your arm over his head, pivot out to the side, and throw your leg over his head to lock in the submission. Obtaining the kimura lock is a very important step because it allows you to keep your opponent from bridging and stealing the top position.

I have taken Beach's back. I'm sitting up behind him, my right arm is underneath his right arm, I am grabbing his right wrist with my right hand, and I have both hooks established.

I place my left foot on Beach's left hip and push off. This allows me to turn my body in a counterclockwise direction and get the angle I need to secure the arm bar.

As I continue to rotate in a counterclockwise direction, I slide my left arm over Beach's head. Notice that my grip has not changed.

Continuing to rotate in a counterclockwise direction, I roll to my back. Notice how my body is now perpendicular to Beach's body. To prevent him from posturing up, I keep my lock on his arm tight and maintain downward pressure with my right leg.

To finish the armlock, I pull Beach's arm to my chest, squeeze my knees together, and elevate my hips.

Applying downward pressure with my right leg to prevent Beach from posturing up, I pull my left leg out from underneath his body and bring it over his head.

Back to Mount Transition _

When you take your opponent's back, expect him to do everything in his power to escape the position. If your opponent is sitting up, he will most likely attempt to slip out to the side and get his back on the canvas. If he can man- CD age this, not only do you no longer have his back, but he can also roll over and end up in your guard. To avoid this, a q good option is to grab on to his far shoulder and pull yourself up into the mount as he goes down to his back. I see a lot of fighters who attempt to hopelessly hold on to their opponent's back, and they lose their dominant positioning as a result. It's important to remember that you're not sacrificing positioning by going to the mount—you're just moving from one dominant position to another. q

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