FEATURED Stephan Kesting — 14 November 2012
How to defend the armcrank when you’re going for the underhook…

Achieving the underhook is super-important.

Whether you’re standing or on the ground, trying to take your opponent down or pass his guard, sweep him or escape the bottom of sidemount, the underhook makes it all MUCH easier.

This is true regardless of whether you’re doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submission grappling, wrestling or MMA (in fact you hear some cornerman yelling “underhook, Underhook, UNDERHOOK!” at every single UFC)…

But sometimes when you go for an underhook your opponent will wrap your arm and try to apply a standing Americana lock to you. This isn’t a particularly high-percentage counter on his part, but it still hurts and there’s definitely a risk of hurting your shoulder…

So here’s a simple counter learned from Erik Paulson for defending the arm crank vs the underhook when you’re standup clinching:

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  1. Good stuff, thanks

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