Don’t get played- learn the ‘arm bar’ and own your opponents. An armbar (sometimes called a straight armbar) is a joint lock that hyperextends the elbow joint. It is typically applied by placing the opponent’s extended arm at the elbow over a fulcrum such as an arm, leg or hip, and controlling the opponent’s body while leveraging the arm over the fulcrum. It is used in various grappling martial arts, including Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Catch wrestling, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu and is one of the most common ways to win a match in mixed martial arts competition. The technique has several variations, with the best known and most effective in competition being the juji-gatame. The juji-gatame is so common, that “armbar” is often used synonymously with juji-gatame.