Knee Punch Arm bar

When your opponent stalls in the top guard position with his elbows pinched tightly to your hips, it can be difficult to create movement to get something going. If you can't pull your opponent's ami to the center of your chest to set up an arm bar (an arm bar is only possible when your opponent 's elbow is to the inside of your hips), the knee-punch arm bar is an excellent alternative. It bears this name because you use your knee to force your opponent's elbow toward the center of your chest, which allows you to set up the arm bar. If your opponent feels you going for the arm bar and pulls his arm out, then you can immediately transition into the triangle, which is the next technique in this section. With this technique and the one that follows, it is very important to hook your arm under your opponent's leg because it allows you to turn your body and assume the necessary angle to finish the submissions.

Here I do several things at once. I continue to drive Beach's head to my left side using my left hand; I hook my right arm around the inside of Beach's left leg; I open my guard and shrimp my hips in a counterclockwise direction; and I maneuver my right leg up toward Beach's left shoulder.

I place both hands on the left side of Beach's face and push his head to my left.

I swing my left leg around to the front of Beach's head, which traps his right arm between my legs.

I reach my left arm across my body and trap Beach's right hand in the crook of my elbow. To finish the arm bar, I apply downward pressure with both legs, elevate my hips, and pull Beach's right arm down into my chest.

I swing my left leg around to the front of Beach's head, which traps his right arm between my legs.

Applying downward pressure on Beach's back with my right leg to prevent him from posturing up, I begin to swing my left leg around his head. As my left leg travels in a counterclockwise direction, it forces Beach's right elbow toward the center of my chest, which will allow me to work for the arm bar. It is important to notice that I'm maintaining outward pressure on Beach's head with my left hand to throw off his base and create the angle I need to swing my leg around his head.

As my left leg swings around to the front of Beach's head, his right arm is forced I toward the center of my chest. It is important to notice that I'm still pushing on his head with my left hand and applying downward pressure on his back with my right leg.

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