Xande Ribiero Style Arm Bar (Lachlan Giles)
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explores a sneaky arm bar from closed guard. He credits Xande Ribiero as the source of the technique. Xande caught it several times at ADCC. Giles starts the attack with the sit up sweep. He notes that is important to have our guard high enough so that our opponent cannot lock his elbows over our hips. Lachlan notes that typically the sweep is completed by bumping our opponent with our hip while posting our feet on the mat. He states that the sweep is often countered by training partners and opponents framing against the torso. While this is an effective counter for the sweep it is also a nice set up for the arm bar. When his training partner frames against him, Lachlan swims one arm into the crook of his opponent’s leg. The other arm is clamped against the trapezoid until. Giles maintains that grip until he is able to bring his leg over to the near side of his opponent’s face. From here he is able to get a quick tap via arm bar. Lachlan states that this move can be countered by posting a hand on this mat. Naturally, Giles has an answer to this counter. He takes his top side arm and pulls on his opponent’s head. With his opponent’s head out of position, Lachlan is able to swim his leg over and finish the arm bar. What a sneaky submission to a common counter. I can’t wait to add it to my game.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.
Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!