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Top Half Guard Figure Four Arm Lock

This is perhaps my most common way of tapping people from top half guard, as many people try to swim out of the Kimura as an escape – only to succumb to the Figure Four Arm Lock. It’s important to understand the direction to apply force, which is dictated by the direction the opponent’s elbow is pointing, and to establish a proper fulcrum by getting your elbow just behind their elbow (towards the triceps). A final trick here is to do a big bicep contraction, which will raise the fulcrum higher. This is helpful particularly on flexible opponents, as you will need to extend their arm much further.


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