Submit your opponent with a butterfly guard sweep counter to armlock

Fight 2 Win athlete and head coach of Hurricane Jiu Jitsu in Cleveland, John Lawrence, shows us his butterfly guard sweep counter to armlock.

This technique works when the butterfly sweep fails, due to your opponent squaring their hips back. You use this to your advantage, to get them with an armlock submission.

You start by trying to sweep your opponent to the left with a butterfly guard sweep, but through an error, or your opponent having a good base, they push back square, and you use that momentum to lift and place them across to the right.

You right hand needs to shift from the outside, to making a frame on their bicep. Slide your feet out to their hips and reach your right hand around to grab their tricep. You then apply pressure to their bicep with your shin, a position that is very uncomfortable for your opponent. As you control both of their arms, they can’t push in or pull away.

You are now ready for the submission. You release the right hand from your opponent’s tricep and grab the ball of your opponent’s opposite shoulder, rotating it out. As you already have the over hook with your left arm from your attempted sweep, you are going to swim it through to grab figure four on your other wrist. Make sure to roll your wrist up to make a hill.

Now, you square off your hips under your opponent, squeeze your knees together and lift your hips up off the mat to complete the straight arm lock submission.

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Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.