Hi Erik. Question: how do you keep someone from rolling out of a standing arm bar, whether the elbow arm bar or the forearm arm bar? You put it on, you've just started to apply pressure to bend them over, and they roll.
I know how to stop him from rolling forward. Shift my grip on the hand a little to apply an osai and cut it backwards, and at the same time use my other hand to bend the arm a little.
But how do I stop him from rolling away to the side?
My Sensei's response is, "You can't. But once he rolls, he's face up right in front of you, vulnerable. You can strike, or since you've still got his hand turn it into a koto gaesh or something else."
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