Brazilian jujitsu is known for several extremely effective self-defense techniques. BJJ techniques like triangle chokes, lapel chokes and sleeve chokes can all save your life. There is one technique, however, that is almost synonymous with Brazilian jujitsu: the armbar.

The armbar is one of the most fundamental techniques of this BJJ. There are different ways to apply the technique, but any fully applied armbar can end a violent encounter immediately. To apply the technique correctly, you must secure one of your opponent’s arms with your hands and throw one leg over his head to secure it. Finally, you extend your hips into his elbow joint. When fully extended, you can break the attacker’s arm and send them into shock.


In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class you will learn how to apply an armbar from multiple positions and several situations. For example, you’ll learn how to apply the armbar from your back, when you’re on top of the attacker and even from your feet.

The armbar is a particularly effective technique for rape prevention. Since you can apply this technique from your back, all it takes is a few quick movements and an attacker is left with a broken arm! Many times, the pain from this technique is all it takes to give you the chance to escape.

When you attend Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes, you will have plenty of opportunities to practice the arm bar in a controlled environment with your training partners. Sport jujitsu also uses this technique, but the biggest difference is that your training partner or opponent will “tap out” to signal the match is over once you have secured the technique without breaking the arm.


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One of the biggest differences between Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and many traditional martial arts is the opportunity to practice the techniques in a realistic situation. When you are sparring with your partners, you learn how much pressure it takes to secure a chokehold or arm lock. You also learn how to apply techniques when the other person is resisting you.


Portland Jiu Jitsu Technique: Armbar From Cross Choke B


This real world application of what you learn is one of the benefits to the training in BJJ, but there are many more. BJJ is also known for:

-Improving flexibility
-Improving physical fitness
-Providing a community of martial artists
-Increasing focus and awareness
-Improving self esteem

If you are looking for a martial art that is known for excellent self-defense techniques, then you should consider trying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!