Thursday night was a good night. For the first time in nearly six weeks, I made it back on the mats to train at Devine Jiu Jitsu Charleston. Luckily for me, it was a small class--with just me, a white belt, and one of our black belts. It was the perfect context for me to edge myself back into training. Better still, Max (our instructor) decided to cover the arm drag from guard (plus several other positions).
As a former wrestler, I have always had an affinity for the arm drag. So, it is a technique I use often (especially to set up the so-called "gift wrap" to back take). Tonight's practice got me thirsting to brush up on the details of different variations of the arm drag. So, as usual, I turned to the interwebs for some additional guidance. Given how much useful information I found, I decided to break this up into two posts.
Minimally, I hope these posts and videos prove useful to Taylor (the white belt who joined us the other night) since the class was his first foray into the versatile and effective arm drag. While I already use the technique in some contexts, Max showed some sweeps (as well as some finer details of the back take) I hadn't seen or thought about. So, all in all, tonight was a great class. Hopefully, the videos posted below help me shore up the holes in my own arm drag game.
One thing we discussed tonight in class is that the name itself--"arm drag"--isn't especially helpful since it brings to mind a bigger motion than the position requires. 'Far-side lat hug" is probably more accurate when it comes to the key movement and position of the technique. Once you have your O's arm stuck (via trapping the shoulder), you're in great shape. It's not so much dragging the arm but trapping the nearside shoulder and securing it by hugging your O's farside lat that does the work.
Be that as it may, the videos below contain a wealth of details--which is unsurprising given the experience of those showing the technique. From Draculino, Kurt Osiander and Marcel Garcia to Pablo Popovitch, Caio Terra, and Roberto Traven, the videos below contain arm drag instructionals from a who's who of jiu jitsu. So, watch, learn, and go train!
The videos are below the fold: