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Robert Drysdale Armbar Technique

by Brendan · 0 comments

Robert Drysdale “Learn Something From Everyone” – Robert Drysdale

If you’ve trained MMA or BJJ for more than a month you probably already know how to put on a basic armbar. But Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion and grappling coach for multiple UFC fighters Robert Drysdale demonstrates to Karyn Bryant how to get the armbar from side control with a higher success rate by performing a few small tweaks to how you set it up.

There is a very interesting interview with Robert from 43 seconds onwards before the technique at 06:12 (after a hilarious yet bizarre cameo from Bas Rutten).

Armbar Technique

Robert Drysdale

Robert Drysdale

Little teaks and techniques can make all the difference. You attempt an armbar and your opponent defends it. Then deepen your top hand and go elbow deep and grab your leg with that hand. Cross your feet – now most instructors will tell you not to do this but I have found myself that I finish guys with a higher rate of success when I cross my legs than when I don’t. Always cross the leg that is on the bottom, make an effort to keep his head down using your bottom foot, it will make it harder for your opponent to get up.

If you feel your opponent trying to get up wrap the leg to stop him from stacking you. Always assume the opponent is stronger than yourself (just like what Helio Gracie always said). Relax and play stupid so your opponent will relax and stop defending, when you feel than hit his arm with an open palm slap so his hand slips off his bicep.

Lastly a really cool tweak that I’ve never heard before is is when you sit back pull the arm towards you instead as well as pulling it down, when you fall back try to put the arm behind your head. Doing this will add pressure to the bicep and the shoulder, this will make it a lot harder for him or her to escape. This is a much tighter armbar and if the opponent tries to pull their arm out it will put the submission on more.

Robert Drysdale Vs Clay Davidson

I always like to try and find some footage of the person demonstrating the technique actually putting it into practice. Robert is one of the only one’s I’ve been able to successfully do this for. In 2010 Drysdale faced Clay Davidson, a King of the Cage veteran who entered the contest riding a six-fight win streak. Drysdale won via armbar in the first round using almost the exact technique he demonstrates in this video.

What did you think of the technique? Do you have a variation that works just as well? I’d love to hear what you have to say, even if it is a criticism (a constructive one). Please leave me a comment and let me hear your opinion.

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