Here I demonstrate how you can use the crucifix position from the side control to set up a nice tight arm bar and also flow easily into the revtri arm bar combo.
Ive started to use this more and more and i'm currently experimenting with a crucifix type guard that is very similar...I will post some ideas soon. Unitl then enjoy the technique, I hope it works for you.
1 - Side Control
Start in a regular side control with head and arm control and shoulder pressure on the head
2 - Pin Arm
Drive your head forward to open up a gap between their elbow and side, then pin their arm to the mat...
3 - Crucifix
Punch your fist into their arm pit keeping you arm behind their head and press your knee's up tight into their back so they have no space to move KEY POINT- minimize space
4 - Strike
You are now in the perfect position to strike to the head and body, or even just pull on the head for a basic neck crank (not shown)
5 - Insert Foot
Keep the pressure on and circle your foot and insert it into their arm pit to reinforce your crucifix
6 - Shin on Ribs
Place your shin onto their ribs and sit back. Dont loop your leg over their head like a regular arm bar, but keep your foot hooked in the arm pit and squeeze your knees really tight. This will trap the head and also stop the usual arm bar escape of peeling the leg off the head and getting up to knees.
7 - Crucifix Arm Bar
Grab at the wrist with both hands and make sure their thumb is pointing up, then press your hips up for the tap.
8 - Kimura Grip
If they bend the arm to defend, I always go straight to the Kimura grip, it has the best control but I only need to stay here for a second in this technique
9 - Fall to Side
Plant elbow on the mat and fall onto your side as you loop your leg tightly around their neck.
10 - Triangle
Lock your legs into the triangle position.
11 - Finish Triangle
Change from posting on your elbow to posting on your hand and sit up as you pull your heel to your butt an finish the choke.
12 - Tri Arm Bar
If this fails you can always finish with the reverse triangle arm bar. Keep the triangle locked and press your hips up to get the tap.