Enson Inoue Shows a Painful Way to Finish an Armbar

During his recent seminar here at The Arena, MMA Legend Enson Inoue taught a very painful way to break through your opponent’s armbar defense and finish the fight. Check it out, but remember to be kind to your training partners.


Enson Inoue:
If you’re going for armbar here, there’s all kinds of ways you can leverage with that. You can kick in with that. You can reach over and pull over that side. What I found good is when they hold it, I’d like to get in here and I always like to put this hand in. The reason being, I can strike with this hand and it’s way more damaging than striking this side. So I always have a habit of coming in this way. The next thing I do is here and here. So just like I’m choking his hand. Okay, from here, see how my elbows are open? I’m using the power of my arms. So what I like to do here is I like to sit up on the arm, sit tight, and just use my hips. It hurts like shit.


When I started doing this, I started asking… I had Sarah do it. I’m strong so I could hold, but a lot of times when you’re in this holding, you’re holding tight, whichever way you holding, and the guy starts prying. You can feel you can hold and you’ll feel like you’re, he’s going to break it anytime soon, but you’re stuck.

But it’s a different feeling. When I had Sarah did to me, I could hold, but I could feel the… I knew eventually she’s going to break it soon. Yeah. So here, in here, elbows against and make sure don’t have just against like this, yeah? Everything against. That’s a hold it, hold it, and then you just come back. It hurts like shit, yeah? If he’s strong… Let’s try that, two, three. Don’t do that here.

MMA Legend Enson Inoue Teaches His Favorite Way to Mount His Opponent

While teaching one of his seminars here at The Arena, Pride Fight Veteran and MMA Legend Enson Inoue shows his favorite and most effective way to mount his opponent. This technique can also be used in Jiu Jitsu or Submission Grappling.


Enson Inoue:
So I’m here and I sit for the mount. One big point I like to emphasize is you always want something connected to the hips. If it’s your hand, if your hands going to leave, I like my knee there. From here, when I like to mount, is I don’t like to commit my whole body weight. A lot of you guys might know this, but when you spar, you’re still probably doing this type of mount. So, what I mean by that is, when my knee will hit the mat first before my feet. You see how my whole body is committed to it? So what I like to emphasize is, here, when I’m going to mount, it’s just my feet.

I’m real tight, but what I want to imagine is a cockroach. And if you don’t like killing cockroaches then you imagine your ex-girlfriend or your ex-wife. So you just want to give it a little. So you want to do it as possible to the hips if you want to control the hips. So what I like to do is, I like to come here, even if I don’t slap, I hook here.

So right here, my only movement is my leg. And if he were bridged and go back and try to turn it backwards, I can easily base. If I’m here, and my whole body weight is on him, and he bridges, he’s got the momentum of my whole body weight going back. So it’s hard for me to maintain position.

So what I want you guys to do, this basic here. You come here, you’ve got to know your plan. For me, if Baret lifts, and he’s defending, he lifts up here, I know I’m not flexible enough to get that. But I know if I can get it about here, I can probably clear. So you’ve got to know your own plan, and all you need was a split second because the foot is so fast. Okay, so get a partner and let’s just try doing this, okay? Ready, one, two, three.

Crossing Your Feet to Help Finish an Armbar

For this Tip of the Week, Jiu Jitsu Coach Ryan Fortin shows some details on how and why you can cross your feet when looking to finish an armbar. You can apply this technique to both Gi and No Gi.


Coach Ryan Fortin:
What’s up guys? Ryan Fortin here. Jiu Jitsu instructor with the Arena with this week’s tip. A couple of things here from this position that I’m trying to get across for the tip of the week is how to trap this elbow in and how to set up your legs. So what I’ve learned over the years is I don’t want to cross the leg that’s over the head on top, right? For a couple of reasons.

One, if he goes to sit up, I don’t really have the ability to keep him down, right? He could sit up. And also by it being on top, it’s easier for him to, let’s say get this leg up and off his head. So if he could push that off his head, I got to start worrying about him escaping. So what I like to do is cross that one underneath. Okay, this for one, now it’s trapped. More difficult for him to push off. But also if he goes to get up, I could flare my knees out wide like this and have my hand for base. Even if not base, go ahead and sit up. And it makes it much more difficult for him to get up. So hopefully this will help you to set up and finish some armbars.

Chris Leben Shows How to Use an Omoplata to Get Back on Your Feet

If you’re having trouble getting back to your feet in an MMA fight, give this technique from UFC Veteran Chris Leben a shot. In this video he shows how he likes to set up an omoplata, and use it to stand back up and continue the fight on his feet.


Coach Chris Leben:
What’s up? I’m Chris Leben. This is Tone Zuazo. We’re both coaches here at The Arena, and this is your MMA tip of the week. So using my omoplata to stand up, I need to get his hands to the mat. I’m going to elevate my hips, roll inside, put those hands to the mat. I’m going to push as I shove his head. Now here, I’m going to pivot right on my right knee and come around. Not going to try to finish the omoplata. Hard to finish in a MMA fight, but very easy to just go ahead and pivot on that knee and come up. I like this when my opponent’s really bearing down, not allowing me to stand up. My traditional standup attempts aren’t working. That’s when I’ll go ahead and transition to my omoplata stand up.

Jiu Jitsu Tip to Help Finish Your Half Guard Sweep

In this video Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling Coach Ryan Fortin shows a small but important detail that can help you be more successful with your half guard sweeps.


Coach Ryan Fortin:

How’s it going everybody? Coach Ryan Fortin here with The Arena with your Tip of the Week. I’m going to show you a little detail I like to do to help make a half guard sweep a little bit more successful.


I’ve got my guy here, right? I’ve got him in the lockdown. I’ve whipped him up. I pushed him to the side. I’m holding around around him. He’s got the whizzer. Okay, and he’s spread this knee out. Yeah, okay.


So we’re looking to go for the sweep here. I’m grabbing the foot and pulling it through. The downfall that I see a lot of people is when they reached through, they just grabbed the ankle here. Okay, but the guy has got the ability to kick his leg free. Now even though there’s stuff that we can go to from that to make this a little bit more successful, right? What all I want to do is once I reach through this hole here, I’m going to slide down and cover up his toes. Notice like actually covering the toenails.


Now look, when he tries to kick his leg free, he can’t. Makes it that much easier for me to start pulling this foot through the hole, sinking his hip to the mat, coming up and finishing my sweep. So just make sure cover up those toes. Hope that helps.

Fine Tune Your Over-Under Guard Pass

If you’ve been struggling with your over-under guard pass, or been getting locked up in triangles while trying it, check out this tip with Jiu Jitsu Coach Ryan Fortin, where he breaks down some simple details to increase your chances of passing.


Coach Ryan Fortin:
Hey, what’s up, guys? Coach Ryan here with the Arena Baret Submissions HQ with your tip of the week. Today I’m going to show you a little detail that I do to help my over under pass be a little bit more successful and to make sure that I don’t get caught in a triangle. One detail I’ve got here is I don’t want to pull my leg out right away and start trying to pass because it’s easier for him to get his legs back in. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to walk his legs to the side and then get my leg out and collect his legs. The second detail here is I don’t want to let go of the top leg and start advancing forward. I see a lot of guys do this. The problem with this is they’re going to frame on your head and put you in a triangle. Yeah, this is no fun. So you’ll be a lot more successful if you pull the arm out of the legs first, control the hips, and then start moving forward.

Chris Leben Shows How to Pass the Guard Using a Toe Hold

In this Tip of the Week, UFC Veteran and MMA Coach Chris Leben shows a rolling toe hold that may get you the submission, but if not, gives you a second option to pass the guard.


Coach Chris Leben:
Hey, what’s up, I’m Chris Leben, this is Alex Trinidad, I’m one of the coaches, he’s one of our pro fighters here at The Arena, and this is your tip of the week.

Okay, so, go and guard.

Just a real easy way to possibly get a submission and also, if you don’t get the submission, you get a successful guard pass. So I’m here, just I’m going to pass, I’m going to reach little pinky to little toe, I’m going to roll. Now right here I’ve got my toe hold locked up, and I’m going to look for my tap.

One more time. Just going to use my rolling toe hold to get a submission or pass guard, whichever one works out.

I’m here, little pinky to little toe, I roll over my shoulder and stay curled and tight, I curl his toes into his butt, worst case scenario he defends by kicking that leg straight, and I sit up for my pass.

And that’s your tip of the week. 

Jiu Jitsu Defense to the Truck Position

Getting stuck in the truck position can be very frustrating, which is why Jamarr asked Jiu Jitsu Coach Ryan Fortin what to do when his opponent sets it up on him. Check out this Tip of the Week to learn the answer.


Jamarr Coleman:
Hey, what’s up everybody? This is Jamarr, the Sales Director here at The Arena. And I’m here with the Rattlesnake. Ryan Fortin, and I got a question for you.

Coach Ryan Fortin:
Yes sir.

Jamarr Coleman:
I’m really struggling. Hey, I’ve been getting caught in a truck and I’m just wondering how the hell do I get out of the truck? What works for you?

Coach Ryan Fortin:
All right, I’ll show you. Put me in the truck and I’ll go from there.

Jamarr Coleman:
Sounds good.

Coach Ryan Fortin:
All right, so pretty common entry, right? Three quarter-mile entry. Guy gets your back, ties it up. Rolls. Oh no, I’m stuck in the truck. Okay, so again, watching out for attacks. He’s got this calf slice here. He can just stretch my legs out. Exactly. That’s the banana split. So I’m going to keep him distracted. In this, now I need to get my weight to the other side. So I’m going to shoot my legs over, get to the other side. Start to lean back to jam him up top. Right? See how you can’t really move. Take my outside leg and block. Free my leg. Now I got the pass. Now you won’t get stuck in a truck no more man.

Jamarr Coleman:
Definitely. Good stuff. And there you have it. Got the Rattlesnake. This is Jamar, and this is The Arena. We out.

Coach Ryan Fortin:
Every time. Every time it gets harder.

Jamarr Coleman:
Yes. Good. For all the times you choked the shit out of me, all them other times.

Easy Tip to Help Finish Rear Naked Choke

Sometimes finishing a choke from the back can be a challenge, especially if your opponent is grabbing your arm to defend. In this video, Jiu Jitsu Coach Dominic Damian shows an easy way to break your opponent’s grip and finish your choke.


Coach Dominic Damian:
Hey, I’m Dominic here at The Arena. I’m going to go over a little hand trick from the back when you’re hand-fighting to get the rear naked choke or a bow and arrow.


I’ll be here with my harness. I’m hiding my choking hand. Greg’s going to go and start the hand fight and try to peel my hand off. If I go in to grab his wrist and try to push down, if I can’t fight his strength, he may be able to pull my hand down and pull my hand over his head and start to escape.


So what I like to do is, when I get my harness and I have a good control over his body, and he goes to fight my hands, as soon as I feel him grab my two hands, I’m going to bring my top hand, my left hand in this case, I’m going to cover over his wrist. I’m going to use that to determine whether I’m going to push his hand down or go for the hand trick.


When I do the hand trick, I like to keep the thumb on the outside, and I’m going to roll my bottom hand underneath, and my left hand is going to go palm up. I’m just going to go palms to palms. If I can’t reach completely, I can go cable grip, or I can just get what I can, and I’m going to drive all my pressure into the top part of his wrist, and it’s going to pop his hand free. And then I’m going to go for my finish.


Again, I’m here, and I have a harness. He’s hand-fighting, and I don’t want to … I maybe can’t get his wrist to come off, because he’s got too strong of a grip. So I just bring this hand over, roll my hands together, palms to palms, and then I drive my left hand down into his wrist to put pressure on his left wrist, break that grip, pin the hand to the body. There’s the choke. Cool. That’s your tip of the week.

Pride Fight Veteran Enson Inoue Gives Tips on Finishing an Armbar

During his seminar here at The Arena, Pride Veteran and MMA Legend Enson Inoue shows some pointers he uses to finish an armbar while his opponent is defending by grabbing his own arm.


Enson Inoue:
But I found this one real effective. If he locks in, I grab into my thigh. Yeah? From here, with this hand, I’m going to just arch his hand this way. Yeah?

And I was actually showed to, we were doing armbar escapes. And you know when people do armbars, you’re waiting for that little bit of looseness where you can turn to the side and suck that elbow in. Yeah?

So Baret would turn to the side and suck his elbow into the ground. Boom. Yeah. And you lose the armbar, yeah? So when we were doing that, all the different techniques, there was a split second that you could actually turn over and suck that arm in.

Even if I’m doing this. Because look how, I’m not even holding onto this as tightly. There’s no tightness in this because I’m reaching over here. So if you were to explode and suck in at that time, I lose the arm.

Even if I’m doing this and I’m doing this kind of stuff. Yeah. See now he can just release and turn to his side, almost like he’s shrimping. And he can get out and suck this elbow down. Yeah?

But, when this guy did this to me, fuck, I swear I must’ve done it like 20 times. And I couldn’t get out. So I stay tight. I use leverage right here. So if Baret holds it tight, and then I’m here, and I’m going to just come here. And I’m not pulling back. I’m going to go like that.

Yeah? There’s no time that you can suck your elbow in. I’ve tried it like 20 times and I couldn’t. Here, come here, and I want to just torque. See that? And once it comes to that point, I’m going to just come and grab. Okay?

Yeah. One, two, three. Real small points, but really important.

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