In this instructional video, Kayron Gracie is demonstrating his method of how to complete an arm bar submission after having secured your opponent in a closed guard. This submission targets your opponent’s elbow joint, forcing him/her to either tap out, or risk hyperextension and injury.
The gi featured in this video is the Gameness Limited Edition White XT, and is the same model that Kayron wears during his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitions.
From a closed guard, grip your opponent’s gi sleeve with his same-side hand. The arm that is being controlled is the one that you will be targeting for the submission.
Once you have a secure grip on the sleeve of the arm you’re targeting for the arm bar, cup the elbow of the targeted arm with your opposite hand, and pull the arm up towards your bellybutton to maintain control.
With your opponent’s arm secured with both of your hands, open your guard and place the same-side foot into your opponent’s hip. In this position, perform a slight hip escape movement to achieve an angle on your opponent and drive him/her to the side.
Raise your other leg (opposite of the arm targeted for submission) as high as possible into the air as you perform the hip escape and drive it down over your opponent’s upper back to drive him/her heavy into the mat.
Now that you have your opponent at the desired angle, lift your foot from your opponent’s hip and slide your leg over their head, clamping it over the back of his/her neck. Use your leg to press your opponent’s head down into the mat.
To complete the submission and achieve the tap, raise your hips into your opponent. This motion will cause the elbow to hyperextend, and will cause your opponent to tap out.