Snag that arm. Our GMA shows the way

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Claudio Calasans getting the armbar tapout at the 2012 Pan / Photo by Ivan Trindade/

A well-executed submission hold is a surefire way to win. That’s the plain and simple truth. And that’s certainly the case with the most popular one—the armbar. The rules to properly performing an armbar are taught in the very first classes a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner takes:

* Keep the opponent’s thumb pointing upwards;
* Don’t loosen the pressure from your legs;
* Extend the arm by pulling with your hands.

Nevertheless, there are numerous variations of the move. Our GMA in Sydney, Australia, Gracie Barra black belt Marcelo Rezende, demonstrates one trick to carrying out the hold in the video below:


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