In jiu-jitsu, the fundamental techniques are almost always the most effective. For that reason, grapplers can never stop improving on their fundamentals. In a recent video, former UFC title challenger Kenny Florian shares the finer points of the perfect fundamental armbar from guard.
Florian says that the perfect armbar starts with pulling your opponent’s weight on top of you. From there, as you rotate to attack the arm, be certain to raise your hips, trapping your opponent’s arm and shoulders.
Watch the video below for a refresher on one of jiu-jitsu’s most important techniques.
Florian is most known for his MMA career, but his primary martial art was jiu-jitsu. A cast member on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, he would challenge for the UFC title three times over the course of his eight-year career. He retired in 2011 following a decision loss to then-UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
In competitive grappling, Florian is a Grapplers Quest superfight champion and a Pan-American bronze medalist as brown belt.