It was all about armbars during Ethridge Jiu-Jitsu class yesterday, because Coach Amy thinks that I should go for them more often, since they allow me to basically use my entire body to attack an arm (which is especially helpful against larger people). We started out with partner drills of armbars from guard and mount, and I felt pretty rusty doing them, because although we used to do those drills fairly often back when I was in Jiu-Jitsu class at the dojo, I’ve rarely done them in the three years since I’ve been at Lincoln BJJ (except for sometimes in Conan’s classes).
After we warmed up, Amy had Joe and I practice armbars and escapes from different positions (guard, mount, side control, and back mount), plus I did some far-side armbars from knee on belly (because that’s one of the techniques we practiced in the advanced classes at LBJJC last week). We were training no-gi, which makes it easier to escape, so we had to make sure we maintained good control of the arm throughout the setups. One tip that I had picked up from Professor Greg during class this week is that if you end up with your body at an “off” angle for the armbar, instead of adjusting yourself, you can just move their arm over to where it creates the correct fulcrum, and I was able to effectively use that advice yesterday!
I wasn’t able to get an armbar on Joe in our final death match during class (I escaped about six of his armbar attempts before he got one on me!), but I do believe that armbars are one of my more successful submissions, and I feel like I have a decent understanding of them, so Amy is probably right that I don’t attempt them often enough (possibly due to a subconscious fear of losing position?). During class yesterday, I was feeling particularly comfortable with my far-side armbars from side control, and since I’ve been spending some time focusing on my guard passing, I’ve been able to get more opportunities on top, and armbars might be good way for me to take advantage of that, but I suppose I won’t know until I try.