MMA 101 – Armed and Dangerous

There are a lot of benefits to being in side control. You can knee the body, drop elbows to the face, work toward full mount, and hunt submissions. This month, Robert Drysdale—2007 ADCC World Champion and undefeated professional mixed martial artists (6-0, with 6 submissions)—shows readers a slick armlock from side control.

1) I begin by holding my opponent in side control.

2) As he pummels to get his left arm underneath me, I snake my right arm through and put the back of my right hand on his biceps.

3) As he turns into me, I let him push his left arm all the way through. When he does, I trap his arm by placing my right hand on my left pectoral. I keep his arm trapped here during the entire sequence.

4) As he turns to his side, I keep my weight on him. The more weight, the better. I don’t want to stop him from turning, I just want to slow him down and keep him in my control. I spin clockwise by bringing my knees toward his head and putting my left elbow on the ground at his gut, which blocks his right thigh.

5) I pop my hips up and begin to take a big step with my right leg over the top of his head, almost like I’m doing a sit-out. His arm is still trapped in my armpit.

6) I put my right foot on the mat, and pinch my right elbow toward my hip, forcing him to tap.

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photos: Paul Thatcher

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