A rare confession: I was a fan of pro wrestling as a kid (or wrasslin' as they say down here in the south where I grew up). Much later in life, I became interested in the historical relationship between professional wrestling and early vale tudo or no holds barred matches involving catch wrestlers, judokas, jiu jitsukas, and other martial artists all trying to prove that their art was the best for real hand-to-hand combat. It turns out that a lot of these early matches were rigged, fixed, or thrown--including several matches by famous Gracies if Roberto Pedreira is to be the believed (see here). In short, professional wrestling has dishonest roots--but these roots are grounded in combat nonetheless. It was only later that matches in professional wrestling were viewed by the audience as purely fictive sports entertainment. But given that I was a fan of the Hulk Hogans, Ric Flairs, and Iron Shieks of the world once upon a very long time ago, I still have a lingering soft spot in my heart for techniques one can realistically do in submission grappling that are also popular "moves" in professional wrestling. A case in point: The Boston Crab (and the Half Boston Crab). So, I wanted to find some videos that might be useful. First up, Josh Barnett shows a Boston Crab from inside the triangle! Then, there are videos on how to use the Boston Crab (or Half Boston Crab) from other positions--e.g., inside the closed guard, from the blast double take down, when you bridge escape from mount, when you're standing in your O's open guard, when your O tries to roll out of a modified saddle/honey hole, etc. So, watch, learn, and go train!
Videos are below the fold!