Friday, August 26, 2005

BJJ Move #61: Arm Elevator Sweep from Guard

A sweep when your opponent stands up onto onto one foot while in your guard. This happens a lot when you attempt an armlock.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Arm Elevator and Sweep (to mount) with Armlock Opportunity (a/k/a arm-inside sweep):

Use this move when your opponent lifts up one leg in the guard. If your opponent gets up on his left foot, you slide your right arm underneath his raised left leg.
At the same time, pull on his leg to bring your head to his left foot, pivoting counterclockwise on your lower back.
Using your free left hand, grab the gi sleeve / wrist of his right arm.
In one motion, pulling his right arm and raising his leg, bring your opponent on a 45-degree angle toward your left side (not right across your body, and not right past your head, but the angle halfway between).
The important step with this sweep is to use your left leg for momentum. As your bring your opponent on a 45-degree angle toward your left side, swing your left leg underneath him from left to right.
Use your right leg to kick in the direction of his head underneath his left armpit.
As your opponent is reversed onto his back, climb into the mount by rolling back and over your left shoulder.
Or, instead of climbing into mount, pull his right elbow up to about your waistline, put your left leg across his face and apply an armlock.

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