ARM DRAG TO KOUCHI GARI

When it comes to simple and effective takedowns, arm dragging is probably ranked highest on that list. Especially when it comes to players who might not have as much experience on their feet. The arm drag is easy to do and even easier to learn (which is no small feat for BJJ takedowns) and the best part? It’s pretty risk-free if done properly. The only real counter for an arm drag is getting re-dragged by your opponent, which takes a lot of anticipation, knowledge, and skill on your opponent’s part. Meaning, getting re-dragged by your opponent is unlikely at lower belts, but definitely something you’ll encounter as you move up belts. Without further ado, we present: the Arm Drag to Kouchi Gari.

ARM DRAG TO KOUCHI GARI BASIC STEPS

With how simple the arm drag is, the basic steps of it don’t take a lot to learn, but they could be a game changer for you.

 

  • Make sure you control your opponent’s wrist
  • Once you feel in control and comfortable, bring your free hand to your opponent’s tricep. Make sure you don’t pull it too hard, you’ll just want to sell the motion and gain a reaction from your opponent.
  • As your opponent reacts, make sure you get your far side arm in the underhook position.
  • Don’t make the mistake of placing your foot on the floor, this move does require a full commitment from the offensive player (you) and if you do not commit, the end result won’t be what you’re looking for.
  • Once you hit the floor, you have to make sure you tuck your underhook to avoid your partner attacking your arm during the takedown

 

Once you get good at this basic arm drag combination, the world is your oyster! There are endless options from that arm drag. You can build an entire system of attacks off of that one simple move. Arm drags even work well into offensive guard pulls. Don’t be afraid to play around with different combinations and really find what works well for you. The best BJJ you can do is the best BJJ for you. Once you find what’s comfortable, you can build on it more and more and capitalize when the right time comes.

Kouchi Gari

Arm drags by themselves set you up for some really incredible opportunities to score. A really effective combination is the arm drag to Kouchi Gari. Pretty simple, as soon as you’ve gained control of your opponent’s arm, sweep to underhook on the backside, and step in between their legs. Make sure you don’t stomp to the floor with the leg you step with, you want to hook under your opponent’s leg so you can drive them to the floor. Once they’ve hit the floor, quickly tuck your elbow to avoid the Omoplatas and pin their knee to protect your lead leg and help create the pressure to ensure you’re fully in control.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Arm drags have endless possibilities and are an easy, efficient, and fast way to get your opponent to the ground and gain control of the situation. Once you’ve mastered the basics, don’t be afraid to play around with different combinations and find out what works for you. Add your own spin and personal touch and execute with confidence every time you hit the mats.

You want to make sure you control the wrist of your opponent.

Arm Drag, Kouchi Gari, takedowns, nogi, bjj. jiujitsu techniques

As you feel comfortable bring your free hand to your opponents tricep. Don’t pull it too hard, you just want to sell the motion and gain a reaction.

Arm Drag, Kouchi Gari, takedowns, nogi, bjj. jiujitsu techniques

After your opponent reacts, make sure you get your far side in the under hook position. Shop some of the best NOGI Gear by Clicking here: BEST NOGI GEAR

Arm Drag, Kouchi Gari, takedowns, nogi, bjj. jiujitsu techniques

Don’t make the mistake of placing your foot on the floor. This move does require a full commitment from the offensive player.

Arm Drag, Kouchi Gari, takedowns, nogi, bjj. jiujitsu techniques

Once you hit the floor you have to make sure you tuck your under hook to avoid your partner attacking your arm during the takedown.

Arm Drag, Kouchi Gari, takedowns, nogi, bjj. jiujitsu techniques

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