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A quick thought about defending chokes and armbars...
If you buy into the idea that I presented some time back, that the action in newaza randori often tends to flow from position to choke to armbar, then a couple of ideas follow:
- One of the best ways to avoid getting caught in armbars is to avoid using your arms to fight against chokes.
- If you're not going to use your arms to fight chokes, then you will have to reposition your body to prevent the choke.
And now we're back to another idea that I presented a while back... position before submission.
Not only does position lead to choke then to armbar, but positional dominance also helps to shut down the choke, breaking that position-choke-armbar cycle.
Mobility and positional dominance are the mother and father of groundwork skills.
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