For MMA Gospel’s new Technique of the Week segment, we called on 4th dan Hapkido black belt Ed Perdomo and his student and assistant instructor Johnny Rodriguez to provide our readers not just with quality grappling techniques they can take with them to the cage, but with those finer points that make specialists out of the merely proficient. Over the next three weeks we will cover not just three techniques from the guard, but the small refinements that take them to the next level and how to chain those techniques together. This week, Ed Perdomo demonstrates how to gain head control and establish an armbar from the closed guard.
- Gain head control, making sure that you tuck the elbow of the controlling arm inside of your opponents bicep.
- Take control of your opponents wrist on the opposite side from the side where you have control.
- Post your foot against your opponents hip on the side where you established wrist control.
- Turn on your hips moving your head towards the side where you established head control while simultaneously pushing your opponents head towards your hips.
- While maintaining head control, bring the leg you posted with around your opponents head, isolating the arm.
- Squeeze your knees together without crossing your feet, release head control, and move the hand up to your opponents wrist.
- Make sure your opponents thumb is pointed away from you and extend your hips to elicit the tap or the snap.
Next week, we will cover how to counter your opponent with a triangle choke if he manages to defend this armbar. Just as in striking, submissions are more successful when used as part of a combination. Often a fighter misses a submission then moves back to the starting position to try again, much like throwing punches one at a time. Even in weekly video lessons on submission fighting, rarely do the instructors link their techniques together and MMA schools often follow suit. The MMA Gospel Technique of the Week will always be part of a chain, giving our readers not only detailed instruction on individual submissions, but instruction on how to chain them together as a lethal combination of fight ending attacks.
*Ed Perdomo is a 4th degree black belt in the Korean grappling art of Hapkido and is head instructor of the Hapkido Institute in Morris, Il.