1. That's one of the best positions to protect yourself on the bottom
2. The bigger the opponent, the tighter their shoulders are (usually)
3. To escape, they usually give you something else just as good (a straight armbar or a choke)
Manik did a great session around entry from side control top into a variety of bent armlocks during yesterday's BJJ fundamentals session.
I suppose calling them armlocks is a misnomer strictly speaking since they actually affect the shoulder joint but that's what they are called.
To me the greatest value in them lies in the words of the awesome Saulo in Revolution 1 series: you either protect the neck or you protect the knee in the belly... And whichever you choose, you open yourself up for a bent armlock.
|Knee on belly to Kimura opportunity|
|Breadcutter choke to Americana opportunity|
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