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Instructional Video Blog: Arm Spin Overhook

Arm Spin

Arm Spin from Overhook

I have to apologize with the videos this week. Normally, I post the moves in order of the way I typically use them. I post my go to move first, and then my number two and so on. Due to a glitch in my camera, I lost some of the videos and have to jump around. I will re-tape the ones I lost and post them at a later date.

The way I prefer to perform an arm spin is from hooking my opponent’s elbow with my hand. It is easier to move and more unexpected that way. The arm spin from an overhook, which is shown below, is not my first option in wrestling. However, in Jiu Jitsu it is, due to the potential of being choked out from just hooking my opponent’s elbow with my hand.

The great thing about the arm spin (whichever way you do it from) is that it is unconventional. It is always important to have a few moves that you can go to at the end of matches, when you are down by more than two points. This is one of my go-to moves. When done correctly it is relatively low risk with a high reward. That is always a win-win in wrestling.  An added bonus is that if you do it correctly, it is almost unstoppable. You have to fully commit to it though. A half-hearted arm spin will end badly for you, especially in Jiu Jitsu. You need to build up your confidence with practice, and lots of it.

The key to the arm spin is really arching your back and keeping your head on your opponent’s shoulder. If your head pops out or pulls away from his body, you are doing the move incorrectly. This is not an arm throw, even though your opponent should flip over if the move is performed correctly. He flips because of your momentum, not because of your upper body strength. It is an arm spin and you are spinning on your opponent’s arm, hence the name.

You will make mistakes with the arm spin.

As always the only way to get better is to drill it until you’re sick of it, and your muscles know exactly how to do it. When I say this I do not mean drill it ten times and say you’ve got it as soon as you’ve done it correctly once. You have to drill it correctly hundreds and hundreds of times. You will not be able to hit it in a live situation for a decent amount of time. And once you do, you have to keep drilling it because you want to be able to hit the arm spin on any wrestler in the world. When you can do that, you still have to drill it, to keep it sharp. And that is the formula for successful wrestling, drill, drill, wrestle, and then drill some more.

Arm Spin from Overhook

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