Arm Drag and Back Take from Butterfly Guard
Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes, taught by Jean Jacques Machado and Carlos Gracie Jr., and opened up the first Gracie Barra affiliate outside of Rio de Janeiro. Himself a several-time champion, he has taught many champions in BJJ and MMA as well. He teaches a way to quickly take the back using an arm drag from butterfly guard.
Often when you have someone in butterfly guard, they attempt to back out of it with their hips low to the ground. This is when Draculino likes to use the arm drag from this position.
The first step, rather than trying to get an underhook or overhook, is to grab their wrist with same side hand, controlling it to keep the opponent from getting their arm over your head and doing a cradle pass.
Next, drive this arm, which you have controlled at the wrist, inside and underneath your opposite armpit, using your other hand to grab underneath their arm above their elbow, at the tricep. The grip involves the thumb on the same side (outside) as the fingers. You will want to close your elbow in tight to lock in their arm, and you keep this grip until you’ve taken the back.
The hand that was on their wrist now goes to the floor. This is essential. Use this hand to move yourself forward with your head past the shoulder of their trapped arm, rather than pulling your opponent with a backward motion, which provides your opponent with a lot of counters.
The hand on the floor also provides a pivot point to shift your hip and legs.
Being aggressive and without giving the opponent any room, move your hip out and switch your leg position so your leg on the side of the hand that is on the floor moves outside of the opponent, while the other leg hooks between their legs under the opposite side leg, the idea being that you will take the back on the side of the arm that is dragged.
Next, bring your free hand over the opponent’s back. The best approach is using your outside foot on the ground and bumping your hip to move yourself to the opponent’s back. You’ll want to bring your hand around their far side, inside and under their armpit to allow easier access for your foot to get the other hook. If the opponent tries to block your foot, your hand is there to grab their wrist for control, allowing you to get the hook in. After you get the hooks in, sprawl if you can.
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