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This month, BJJ black belt Lloyd Irvin and UFC bantamweight Mike Easton show readers two slick armbar options.

As head of Team Lloyd Irvin (U.S. Jiu-Jitsu Team) and owner of Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts Academy, Irvin has a roster of some of the best young talent in MMA, including UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson, and Mike Easton. By developing his own specialized training methods, Irvin earned his BJJ black belt in less than four years.

KIMURA COUNTER

1) Mike is on top in half-guard. Lloyd locks a kimura on Mike’s left arm.

2) Mike frees his right leg and drives his knee to the mat.

3) Mike steps his left leg around Lloyd’s head, while locking Lloyd’s left forearm with his right hand.

4) Mike spins to Lloyd’s left side and applies pressure with his left knee.

5) Mike sits out, throws his right leg over Lloyd’s head, and cranks the armbar.

KIMURA TO ARMBAR TRANSITION

1) Mike is on top in half-guard. Lloyd locks a kimura on Mike’s left arm. Mike frees his right leg and drives his knee to the mat. Lloyd recognizes that Mike is setting him up for an armbar.

2) Lloyd rolls to his left side. It’s important for Lloyd to beat Mike to this position, or Lloyd will end up getting submitted.

3) Lloyd works to bring his left knee to Mike’s stomach.

4) Lloyd spins his body toward Mike.

5) Lloyd throws his right leg over Mike’s head.

6) Lloyd reclines and extends the armbar.

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