Here is one of my all time favorite armbars to use when transitioning for the omoplata. Actually, it's just one of my favorite armbars period! And, as everyone knows there are countless ways to finish the fight when one has the omoplata position. We have chokes, cranks, arm/shoulder locks, sweeps etc...
My friend Micheal and I were experimenting with the omoplata position one day and we came up with this variation of the armbar. Now I'm sure someone already uses it or something similar to it but we have yet to see it.
So, we were originally letting eachother roll out of the omoplata only to catch them with the standard armbar. But, as we all know everyone is expecting there to be a slight chance for someone to try to slap an armbar on them when they finish the roll. So, we experimented with our options and came up with another type of armlock to use, which we found out to be quite effective!
And if anyone has any suggestions for naming the thing then let me know.
Hopefully we will post an actual video of the move in action in the near future.
I am in Micheal's guard. He is contemplating his next maneuver.
Going for the overhook
Micheal moves his arm to the inside of mine to attempt to "Zombie" his arm upwards to trap my left extremity to the mat.
Hugging the knee
Micheal begins to hug his knee with his arm so he can secure my left arm tightly in place.
Clearing the noggin
In order for Micheal to continue on his route for the omoplata, he needs to clear my head to the left side of his left arm. So, in one quick motion (all the while maintaining downwards pressure with his right leg) he lets go of his right leg and quickly moves his arm to the other side of my head and quickly regains the same grip he had before.
Beginning the transition
Micheal quickly brings his left leg around while he simultaneously begins to shoot his right leg deeper around my shoulder for the beginning stages of the omoplata.
Midways into the transition he decides to opt for an armbar attack instead. So, he begins to turn his body slightly towards me. He is also keeping a strong downwards pressure on my shoulder with his right leg to keep my posture broken down.
Placing the leg over the back
He now places his right leg over my back to keep me from rolling out of the hold. He is also preparing to hook his left foot deep into my armpit which you will see in the next caption.
Closeup of the hook
Here we have a closeup of what the foot will look like once hooked in the armpit. He has released his grip on my arm to facilitate an easier viewing of the placement of his foot. This foot serves more than just one purpose. Not only does it aid in making the armbar tight, but it will also make it easier for him to shove his leg across my belly in the event I AM able to roll out of the position, thus allowing him to quickly make an attempt at a standard armbar.
Finishing the lock
Now that Micheal has one leg over my back and the other stuck deep into my armpit, he can now finish the lock. He grabs my arm and pulls it down while keeping his knees pinched tight and his hips elevated high. And trust me, this one hurts real fast!!!
This is Micheal fooling around with another potential grip. Experiment for yourself. Play with the placement of your legs and feet, and also with the grips. I encourage you to see if you can find one that works best for your style and body type! Hope you enjoy ;-)