Osvaldo begins this free Gameness Instructional Video in his blue Gameness AIR gi. His opponent is wearing a white Gameness 2013 Pearl gi. Both items can be found online at www.gameness.com. The technique of the day is an armbar taught by Osvaldo from the guard. Unlike most armbars, this one can be completed with trapping your opponent’s arm with an over-hook and throwing your leg over his/her leg to force the submission.
Starting in the full guard, Osvaldo starts the technique by pulling his opponent’s arms off his stomach in a sweeping motion and grabbing his/her head. He overhooks the arm on the side of his opponent that he will be performing the armbar.
He releases his grip in the head so that his opponent can posture up, but Osvaldo keeps control of the arm. He switches his grip from an overhook to just grabbing his opponent’s elbow. To increase the level of control, Osvaldo pinches his elbow in close to his side so that his opponent will have a harder time pulling his/her arm free.
Osvaldo now places his foot (on the side that the arm is controlled) and uses it to push off and create an angle to his opponent. With his opposite hand, Osvaldo reaches under his opponent’s leg to further pull his body into a position and angle to attack the arm.
Osvaldo now swings his leg up and over his opponent’s head to a more traditional armbar position. With the targeted arm still under Osvaldo’s arm, he can create more pressure on the joint and complete the submission without having to apply as much pressure. If you are not immediately able to achieve the submission, you can begin to hip up into the joint to tap your opponent.