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BJJ Technique – Can Opener Defense

Can Opener Arm Bar Defense

One of the first times I really got hurt in BJJ was when I under estimated the Can Opener Submission, a neck crank.  I didn’t think I was in trouble.  I figured I could bend inward enough that it couldn’t be effective.  When my neck started popping it was to late.  I then had to put up with weeks of trying to heal.  There is nothing worse then a neck strain headache too.  The basic defense I learned to combat the Can Opener was to push with both hands on the guys chin to one side.  When you push his head away and to a side they can’t get the leverage to apply the neck crank.  That worked for me but you are still providing a lot of resistance with your neck.  My neck has become very tender as of late, as has my back.  So I was very pleased to get this instruction from Pat.  I don’t want to just stop them from neck cranking me.  I want them to PAY for neck cranking me.  I don’t know why I didn’t see this.  It makes perfect sense to trap the arms and Arm Bar someone who is trying the Can Opener on you.  They won’t do it again after they tap out.

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4 Responses to “BJJ Technique – Can Opener Defense”

  1. Ha! So simple and yet I wouldn’t have figured it either. CAn opener more common in no gI I reckon

  2. Works great with double arm bar too! That way you are pitting your whole body strength against their arms. Maybe I should post that video too.

  3. He’s showed me that too. I can’t get the right hip movement when they have my neck cranked though. Not sure what it is I’m missing. It’s like once they grab my neck, my hips are stationary.

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