We’ll Miss you, Mr. Armbar
We’ll all miss Evan and it was very kind of him to tip his hand of armbar secrets before leaving to the Holyland of Armbars, Israel.
Here’s a recap of the four Cantor flavors of armbar (attacking their right arm, on your left side):
1 – REGULAR
This is the normal armbar. There are several steps, which when followed often result in success.
First pull them forward with your knees and break their base. grab the back of their head with your left hand and reach across the top of their right arm with your right arm and grab behind their elbow on the bottom of their tricep. next, do a small bump and land on your right hip. post your left leg on their right hip to block them from pulling back their right arm. Reach up more with your left warm, pulling them down more, and grab behind their left armpit. Kick your right leg up so your calf is across their back as you move your right ear towards their knee and push their face away with your left hand. Next move your left leg across the back of their neck to secure the armbar. This next part is counter intuitive, but important. Next, instead of straightening the legs, keep both legs bent tight driving your heels down. move your hips up to get the tap.
2 – THEY LEAN BACK
if the lean back as you are going for the armbar, reach underneath theor left knee with your right hand and hit the Flower Sweep by turning your hips perpendicular to their chest and kicking the right leg over them, sweeping them. For there, take the mount or finish the armbar.
3 – THEY LEAN INTO YOU
if they lean into you, then switch arms so you are trapping their right arm with your left arm. Turn your face into the ground to your right and roll over to the belly down armbar.
4 – THEY STACK YOU
You have the armbar position, but you are getting stacked. you’re going to spin under them in a flash way, like a break dancer, and finish. release your left leg from behind the head and move it so your shin is in front of their face. swim your right arm under and in front of them so that it is thumbdown and in front of their right leg. duck your head under them, in front of their legs and you spin under them on your shoulders. They will end up face down and you will still have the arm. Finish.
Thank you Mr. Cantor, for these insights into Armbar Land. You will be missed on the mat.