Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar on Takedown Tuesday

Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar 1
Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar 2

It has been a while since we had Takedown Tuesday.  We went over Osoto-Gari and I think the other was called Oshi-Gari.  It involved grabbing around the waist and stepping in for the throw over the hip.  I couldn’t find it on YouTube so I’m not sure I have named it correctly.

After class I asked for some instruction on my favorite throw or takedown, the Tomoe-Nage.  I have already done a few posts on Tomoe-Nage.  They are: "Tomoe-Nage Tops Takedown Tuesday" and "De La Riva to Tomoe-Nage Sweep on Magic Monday".  We had to excellent brown belts fresh from Argentina instructing us.  The first thing they pointed out was Tomoe-Nage has variations. The side throw I like and that is shown in Dave Camarillo’s book Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu: Revolutionizing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is the Juko-Tomoe-Nage.  I couldn’t find anything on Google about it so I’m not sure I understood what they were saying.

After some instruction they showed me the Tomoe-Nage to Arm Bar that I have in the videos.  After throwing a guy a few time with the same throw he should get wise to it.  This looks like you are going for the throw but instead you get the arm bar.  Very sick!

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Marcelo Garcia – Counter Arm Drag to Back Control

As I am learning more about getting to the back I’m always amazed at how there is a counter it seems to everything.  I’ve been working on improving my Arm Drag technique.  I figured that was a good place to start in my quest to get to the back.

Marcelo Garcia gives a excellent example in this video of how to counter a arm drag.  At the same time it also shows the mechanics of the arm drag.

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3 Top Picks for Back Control Technique Instruction

In the movies before the fight begins the good guy usually asks his buddy and side kick “You got my back?”  In BJJ its just you and your opponent during the fight.  The only one who is going to get your back, in a literal sense, is the person you least want there.

I’ve decided I want to be the guy who is the most proficient at getting the back or back control.  Thank you to each of you that responded to my post “The Devil is in the Details with Technique”.  It has helped me narrow down some sources for good instruction on improving my technique based around getting back control.  Here are the 3 top picks on back control instruction:

  1. Ryan Hall – Back Attacks
  2. Pablo Popovitch – NoGi Exposed (DVD 3 – Taking the Back)
  3. Marcelo Garcia – MGInAction.com

I’m not as focused on submissions from the back as I am getting to back control and maintaining it.  I noticed that Ryan Hall’s and Pablo Popovitch’s DVDs are still 40% off at GroundFighter.com.  I didn’t see anything else really devoted to the back.  Am I missing anything from this list that you know of?

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The Devil is in The Details with Technique

I watched the Marcelo Garcia highlights video on Georgette’s Jiu-Jitsu World.  Marcelo makes it look so effortless getting to the back and most of all putting in that Rear Naked Choke.  But I’ve come to understand from experience that The devil is in the details.  I learned this when I tried to master the Triangle.  I found there were many unseen facets to the technique.  It took me a while to really get good at it.  I had to watch video of may different people doing it.  I read books telling the exact way.  But most of all I had to try it out and do reps of it.  At this point I think I have a good mastery of it.

My thoughts have turned to getting the back and the rear naked choke.  I feel  that same feeling I did when I first started learning the triangle choke.  I know the fundamentals but I don’t seem to be able to get it to work in a roll.  Marcelo inspired me to make it my next choke-of-choice.  Roy Dean has set me on the path to master it.  So who is really good and showing the nuances of getting to the back?

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