Flying Arm Bar From Opponents Single Leg by Renato Canuto
When it comes to attractive Brazilian Jiu Jitsu submissions, flying attacks are right at the top. The flying arm bar is one of the most impressive submissions you will see. Often times, you will see flying arm bars done by high level Brazilian Jiu jitsu who are smaller, and more agile. But that does not mean you need a certain body type to hit a flying arm bar, it can work for anyone! This is an advanced move, however, so I would not recommend trying a flying arm bar until you have a blue belt or higher. A white belt should stick to the fundamentals, and though the arm bar is a fundamental concept used throughout grappling, a flying arm bar requires a bit more experience.
If you are a blue belt or higher, the flying arm bar is not as hard as you might think it would be. If there is one person to learn flying arm bars from, it is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt and elite level competitor Renato Forasieppi Canuto. Renato is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under his own father Valdir “Tio Chico” Canuto. Renato is also one of the top representatives of team Checkmat JJ on the international Brazilian Jiu Jitsu circuit. Canuto has worked extensively with high level competitors such as Leonardo Vieira, Rodrigo Cavaca, and Robert Drysdale. Renato is considered to be one of the most exciting and accomplished grapplers of his generation, having proven his skill on a master world class level against top level grapplers. Some of Renato’s greatest accomplishments are IBJJF World No Gi Champion (2017), KASAI Pro 150lbs Champion (2017), KASAI Pro 170lbs Champion (2018), USBJJF/IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2017), UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Los Angeles Champion (2017), IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2018), Marianas Open 2nd Place (2018), IBJJF Pan American 3rd Place (2017) and Marianas Open 3rd Place (2017).
The fundamental cornerstone of Renato’s game is the threat of submission, he turns every position into a dangerous one, and he’s got one of the best armbars in the world.
Today Renato is here at BJJ Fanatics Head Quarters in Massachusetts to demonstrate how he hits a flying arm bar when his opponent goes for a single leg. Out of all the ways to counter a single leg, this is hands down the coolest way to do it. Watch the video below of Renato Canuto demonstrating his flying arm bar from the single leg and then we will break down the technique. Check it out now!
Renato Canuto starts off his flying arm bar demonstration standing while his opponent has a single leg. In this case, Renato is shin to shin on one side and foot to foot on the other with his training partner. He wants his shin to be on the outside and he has a collar grip or his hand on the neck. His opponent has and over hook around his knee and some kind of grip, be it a gi lapel grip or a belt grip. There are a couple things you can do to prevent your opponent from getting up. The first thing you can do to prevent your opponent from coming up is grab his gi pant to pull his foot off the ground. This prevents your opponent from using this leg to stand up. Renato uses his hand on his opponent’s neck to establish a deep collar grip so he can use his arm and elbow to pressure down on his training partner. Pay attention to Renato’s forearm positioning here, it is very important. When you do this part of the technique properly, it should give you some space, and not allow your opponent to stay tight to your leg. Once you have your frame and your grip you have a lot more control over your opponent in order to isolate his arm. Your training partner’s natural counter to this will be to try and pull you back into the single leg. You can use this against your opponent to pull them tight into you to grab the wrist. Renato shows a couple options here you can grab deep on the gi sleeve or go straight for the wrist. Renato prefers to cup the wrist and then pull his arm around his leg. At the same time he pulls his opponent in, Renato steps back with his foot and then steps over his opponent to pull him into the arm bar.
Give this one a try the next time you are on the mats. Pay special attention to Renato’s foot work on this one. It is just as important as your grips. If you are new to the flying arm bar try this one slow at first to avoid injuring your training partner. As you get a feel for controlling your partner while stepping around his single leg you can then add fluidity and speed into the technique. Because this is a more advanced level arm bar you are likely to surprise your opponent with this one whether in a live roll or in competition. This is a great arm bar to have in your submission arsenal. The more options you have for submitting your opponent, the more lethal and well rounded your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu game will be. I hope you found this technique useful. Thank you Renato Canuto for sharing your amazing flying arm bar from single leg technique with us here today!
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