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Technique Video of the Day: Growing Up Armbar

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Ok, Nation, today’s tech video is one of our favorites: a clip from Roy Dean’s White Belt Bible BJJ instructional.   Called “White to Black – A Shift in Perspective”, the video illustrates the evolution of a BJJ player through a single, simple technique — the armbar.

Now based in Bend, Oregon, Dean is a long-time student of traditional martial arts, with black belts in judo, aikido, battojutsu, and jujutsu from his studies as an exchange student in Japan, as well as a black belt in BJJ under Joe Moreira and Roy Harris.

Chances are, the armbar was one of the first submissions you ever saw in MMA, and you had no idea why Royce Gracie was upside down underneath a guy — and the guy on top was tapping out with alacrity.  Like the rear naked choke, we see the armbar so often that it can seem boring and pedestrian.

Watch this and fall in love with the armbar all over again.


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rngeorgeh- August 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm
Awesome video!!!
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kurtzkurt- August 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm
that was very cool.
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Clyde- August 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm
It really is as much an art as a science. Thanks for that Rex; loved it.
Cryptococcus neoformans- August 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm
That video is really neat. Best yet
Zescape- August 2, 2011 at 10:00 am
Roy Dean is the man.
O Chan- August 2, 2011 at 9:36 am
Pretty technical for a white belt.

All joking aside, sweet vid