Travis Stevens’ Favorite Arm Lock Breaks – part 1
2x US Judo Olympian & BJJ Black Belt, Travis Stevens shows us two of his favorite grip breaks which he has tested and proven to be some of the most useful on the grappling scene. Try these out during your next practice. Be on the lookout for part 2 in the next FUJI newsletter!
“The Stretch Out”
Start by feeding your right arm through and grabbing your left thigh.
Extend your left arm at a 45-degree angle away from opponent as far as you can while keeping pressure on your opponent’s arm simultaneously pinching your knees together. This causes your opponent to be greatly uncomfortable (look at his face!)
Fall to your left side and at the same time feed your left arm through your opponent's arm up by his wrist (not his elbow!).
Take your right arm out from in between your opponents arm and grab your left shoulder. Notice how high Travis’ left arm is. The key to this arm lock break is the pressure on the wrist.
Straighten out your back so that you are perpendicular to our opponent. Do not forget to pinch your knees together.
“The Slap Away”
Feed your left arm through your opponents arm and grab your own hip.
Sit to your right hip as you straighten your left arm and your legs to keep head pressure – this creates a lot of pressure/tension on your opponents arm.
While keeping your left arm still on your own hip, take your right arm and hit your opponents elbow away. In order for this to be done correctly you have to have tension on the arm you are trying to grab. This is why step 2 is key to this arm lock break. Make sure to straighten the arm over the hip that is closest to the legs for maximum pressure and to prevent "hitch hiker" escapes
As soon as the arm is free, take your right arm and hook your opponent’s wrist. Notice how Travis’ hand is on his shoulder. This allows maximum control.