Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 2 - Kneebar from 50/50 Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 2 - Kneebar from 50/50 Guard

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From the 50/50 guard, Imanari first pulls his opponent's leg across his body to the outside, and pinches it against his side. He plants his outside foot to escape his hips, and brings the foot underneath his opponent's leg, hooking the hamstring. Now he plants his head on the mat and rolls to the outside, straightening the leg as he rolls. He hugs the leg in his armpit and stretches to finish the kneebar.


Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

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In this series, Masakazu Imanari shows his famous Imanari Roll, and many other leg locks he uses in grappling and MMA. He starts off with a drill to practice the Imanari Roll. From a seated guard, with one leg between his legs, he reaches to the far leg, inverts and spins to the other leg, much like the kiss of the dragon. As he spins, his active leg wraps around his opponent's leg and his foot hooks behind the butt. Pinching the leg with both his legs, Imanari sweeps his opponent backward, landing with the foot in his side, ready to be finished with a heel hook.

Inside the University 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

Inside the University 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

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Now showing a more practical situation when your opponent is experienced in Jiu-Jitsu, Gustavo's opponent is keeping his elbow bent and tight on Gustavo's body. With his collar grip already in place, Gustavo throws his free arm over his opponent's arm as he spins to trap the armbar.

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

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Showing a more advanced and practical setup for the armbar, Gustavo first makes a cross collar grip and threatens the choke by trying to reach across to make his other grip. His opponent naturally defends by blocking Gustavo's arm, giving Gustavo the perfect opportunity to now attack the outstretched arm.

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

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Using the same concepts, Gustavo combines the armbar movements in a more fluid manner and shows a drill attacking the arms and switching sides every time. It is important that his head moves as he spins, and his body follows so that he ends up perpendicular to his opponent when finishing the armbar.

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

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Gustavo covers a little more detail in the armbar steps, but really emphasizing the movement in your hips. Not only when swinging your hips in rotation, but really elevating off the mat to capture the arm. Also, it is very important to bite down with your leg over the head, and prevent your opponent from moving you in any direction.

Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

Inside the University 1045 - Armbar from Closed Guard in a Self Defense Situation

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Starting off with a common self defense scenario, Gustavo is in closed guard with his opponent trying to choke him with both hands around his neck. Gustavo grips an arm behind the elbow and his other arm goes under the leg, gaining leverage as he spins his hips. He raises his hips and bites down over the head with his leg to trap the arm and get the submission.

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

Inside the University 1044 - Finishing the Brabo Choke Using Your Opponent's Arm

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Often when setting up the Brabo choke, Gustavo's opponent will frame with his arms and try to push Gustavo away. In this case, Gustavo leans back and does like a biceps curl to pull his opponent's head off the ground. Now he pulls at the far elbow to bring the arm across the neck, and drops his chest on top of the shoulder to finish the choke.

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1043 - Immobilizing the Hip for the Brabo Choke

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Gustavo covers an important detail of where to place your knee when applying the Brabo choke. After he frees it and cuts it to the other side, he drops it to the mat and uses it to pin and immobilize his opponent's hip. He does not fully commit his knee cut as if he was trying to pass. Instead he stays above his opponent where he can apply top pressure and finish the choke.

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

Inside the University 1042 - Finishing the Brabo Choke

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After switching his hips and freeing his knee, Gustavo drops his knee to the mat and posts his free leg, almost if he's in a knee cut position. He feeds the lapel to his other hand with a palm up grip, and drops his elbow and shoulder heavy on his opponent. His other hand reaches for a cross collar grip, and he now he pulls his elbows in and lowers his chest to finish the Brabo choke.

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

Inside the University 1041 - Setting Up the Brabo Choke from Half Guard

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Gustavo is on top in his opponent's half guard, and is unable to get the underhook, but has a good cross face control. He opens the far lapel and feeds it under the armpit to his hand controlling the cross face for a stronger control. Now he can switch his hips to face his opponent and begin to free his knee from the half guard. From here he has options to pass the guard or look for the choke, which he will go over next.

Inside the University 1040 - Double Leg Takedown

Inside the University 1040 - Double Leg Takedown

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To warm up for class, Professor Gustavo goes over a basic double leg takedown. He first lowers his level then shoots to his opponent, always keeping his head up and looking straight. His head goes to the side of the body, and he drives with his head while collapsing the legs to take his opponent down.