Last week, MMA Gospel and Ed Perdomo went over the basics of standing guillotine defense and how to use it to set up a hard slam to side mount. It is never a good idea to assume that one move will finish the fight, so as usual MMA Gospel has broken down several ways to finish the opponent following the previous week’s technique, This week, Ed Perdomo will take us through a devastating Over Hook Armbar from the side mount that feeds directly from the landing position of the slam. The use of an over hook style Armbar ensures immediate victory by submission or TKO as it is a finishing hold as opposed to a submission lock. Having landed in side mount following the high crotch slam he used to defend against Bob Berard’s standing Guillotine Choke, Ed moves immediately to control the inside arm of his opponent (LEFT). The easiest way to accomplish this is to simply maintain the over hook he had on Bob’s arm during the takedown.
As soon as he establishes the over hook, Ed posts up against Bob’s outside arm at the armpit and brings up his outside leg, posturing himself over the shoulder of the controlled arm. Ed sets his grip against Bob’s triceps and pinches his elbow tightly to his side to isolate, trap, and extend the arm as he postures up (RIGHT). It is also important to note that when Ed straightens his back as he sets the Armbar, he moves his hips into Bob’s side, he does not lean back to gain the extension.
While maintaining his grip and posturing up to extend the trapped arm, Ed bring his outside leg around Bob’s head and across his face (LEFT). Ed will maintain the pressure against Bob’s outside arm pit until he gets his leg firmly in place across Bob’s face. As with any submission, the key to getting a deep lock is to maintain absolute control the entire time.
To finish the submission, Ed locks his arm tight to his body, grips Bob’s arm just above the elbow, tucks his inside foot under Bob’s shoulder blade, and sits back (RIGHT). The extension on this variety of Armbar is considerably more than that of the traditional full extension Armbar and will end the fight much more quickly. If Bob refuses to tap, Ed will simply synch up his over hook, lean back, and extend his hips into the technique causing a dislocation of the elbow and more than likely a compound fracture of the humerus.
- Secure a tight over hook on your opponent’s inside arm with a grip against their triceps.
- Post against your opponent’s outside armpit and bring your outside knee up to a one knee kneeling position.
- Isolate the trapped arm by locking your over hook against your body.
- Swing your outside leg around your opponent’s head, maintaining pressure on their outside armpit the entire time.
- Sit back and pull your inside foot through to a sitting position with your foot firmly under your opponent’s shoulder blade.
- Synch up your over hook and extend your hips to dislocate the elbow.
There is no better way to make an opponent pay for trying to submit you than to turn it around on them and show them how it’s done. With this particular Armbar, there is also the added bonus that it completely prevents the opponent from being able to fight his/her way out of the submission. Next week, MMA Gospel will explore what submission works best from last week’s slam if you lose your over hook in the process of the takedown itself.
*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.