How to Arm Drag From Butterfly Guard

Updated on March 29, 2019
revolutionbjj profile image

Andrew Smith is a BJJ black belt based out of Richmond, Virginia. He is one of the owners of Revolution BJJ.

The Drag

Butterfly guard basics will take you a long way, and once you start playing the overhook game, you have a powerful and comprehensive butterfly guard that will annoy and perplex your partners. However, there's another really important direction (and distance) from which you can attack: the arm drag. We've covered arm drags from closed guard, but butterfly is fundamentally different, and readily accessible for you. Let's take a look at a very clean, simple attack to begin with, and then discuss some options when that approach isn't working for you.

The Basics

Start by finding the right range with your partner. Make sure your butterfly guard is comfortable when you're sitting up, and you should be able to reach out for their wrist without exposing yourself too much or having to go out of your way. Reach out with your left hand and grab their right wrist. "Grab my arm. The other arm. MY other arm!" Next, use your right hand to cup behind your partner's triceps area, creating an opportunity to pull. While you do this initial movement, it's also important that your left leg doesn't get in your own way, so move it out of the way so that you will have an easy path to the back. You can augment the leverage you have by causing their elbow to flare out while pushing the wrist downward, and then simply guide it across their chest, so you can slide out to their back.

Lever Drag

This "lever drag" version can be helpful if your partner redrags (more on that below), or if it's difficult for you to break them down in the first place with the initial arm drag attempt. This time, make sure their elbow flares wide, but also be sure to shoot their wrist outside of the protective realm of their body. Next, fall to your side, bringing your partner with you, and setting up a different, lower path to the back. This can be extremely effective against a much stronger opponent against whom you might not otherwise consider an arm drag to be a viable attack.

Arm Drag Sweep

With the gi, you have a few different options for gripping. One such option is to go down the same path used for the closed guard arm drag series. This means starting with a same-side sleeve grip from your initial butterfly guard, and once you drag that across, you can sit up and take far-armpit control with your (free) left arm, hugging your partner in close. As you shoot your hips underneath your partner from this outside angle, you should find them to be very off balance to your left. Take them this way by using your hook and their momentum to finish a nice, controlled sweep.

Re-drag

The re-drag can be a great counter to the arm drag, but you're only likely to be able to do it a handful of times on your partner. Nevertheless, it's a great one to help understand the mechanics of the arm drag. When your partner pulls you in close, simply overshoot what they're trying to do by "helping a little too much." Once there, it's a simple matter of clearing their legs and switching your base toward their hips, ending in reverse kesa gatame.

Arm drag or redrag?

See results

Technical Savvy

As you play through these variations, find your own that work best, and -- even better -- try combining these approaches whenever you can. Use combinations of sweeps and threats to constantly keep your partner off balance, and be sure to remember to flow whenever possible. As always, let me know how these techniques are working for you!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, howtheyplay.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://howtheyplay.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)