In this video I do an arm lock drill. This is the first part of the lesson plan and can be done for a warm up. If you can not get the right angle and don't understand the mechanics of an arm lock, it will be hard to do an arm lock from any position.

Remember in order for you to be good at anything, it will take a lot of practice. Nothing comes easy.

In order to efficiently do the cross choke, and the counter, arm lock from mount you have to be able to control the mount position confidently and comfortably. In the mount escape lesson plan I cover both what you should do to escape mount and as well as the proper reaction you would do to maintain mount.

There are many variations and ways to do the cross choke from mount. This is one of the most efficient and effective attacks from the mount position. No matter what variation you do it is important to make sure the first hand is deep.

One common mistake that beginners make is they don't turn their wrist. We want to choke with the blade of our form arm. If you do not turn your wrist more times then the person will not tap and you will hurt your wrist.

To finish the choke we use our movement not our strength to get the tap. By moving our bodies forward the choke gets tighter. Of course you an always go to the side and pull but the moment your grips get weak so will the choke.

In this video I cover the arm lock when the person defends the cross collar choke and the keys that make the arm lock possible. Always go for the choke first, if the person does not defend finish it. If they do defend, no problem, arm lock. I like this series of choke and arm lock because it does not require any flexibility or strength.

There are three main things to remember when doing the arm abr.  First, we should try to control the hand so we can keep the thumb up. Of course we can finish with the thumb to the side but it's always more efficient to have the thumb facing up.

Second we need to control arm and keep it tight to our body so when we lift our hips it breaks the arm.  Often people do not keep the arm tight so when they extend there hips there is no extension on the elbow.

Third make sure to keep your knees tight. If you follow these steps, and drill diligently you will start finishing a higher percentage of your arm locks.

Now we have got to the arm lock position but this time our opponent defends. This is typically where we will end up when we go for the arm. If his hand is under your leg you must first clear the hand.

As much as we want the finish it's important to not lose the position.

The whole time I remove my leg, I control his  arm very tight and apply pressure so he can not turn into me to escape. I then clear the arm and replace my leg.  I then pass my whole leg sideways, and clear his second arm. From their I finish the arm lock.

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