Originally Posted by Repenter
armbars, especially inverted ones. if you have them in your guard and they're larger than you, and especially if you're all new to the sport, they'll be hanging their arms down waiting to get them torn off. work on inverted armbars where you can actually use your small frame to your advantage, in that you can scoot out and ride up the arm quickly.
also, althought kneebars and heelhooks are going to be off limits at your level, leglocks work well for smaller guys in scrambles. anklelocks and even achilles locks are something you should experiment with.
if you're doing gi, then the possibilites are endless. the gi takes away a lot of that size advantage with the constant threat of lapel chokes. have you tried mounted ezekials? work especially well against larger opponents who think they can just shrug you off
hmmm, never thought of doing an inverted arm bar. i'm going to try that tonight and see how it goes! thanks for that
and when i do go to grappling tournaments i enter both no-gi and gi-division. although at my gym we don't train with the gi i do it just for fun and just go with the flow.
oh and i remember when i started this thread a lot of people were quick to say i was too small and shouldn't do an absolute division. well i went to a UGC grappling tournament in P.A. and did the absolute division and took second!! the guy who beat me was 196lbs and i was 126lbs. right off the bat i jumped at him an sank a deep guillotine choke in but couldn't finish :/ and ended up losing 6-2. (if i knew how i would try to post some videos) but i beat three guys all much bigger, stronger and much more experienced than me. plus all of your inputs from everyone has helped me greatly!!