Armwrestling for jujitsu

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sherlockofsheff Spectator 2 posts
I'm new to jujitsu, and also to this site, but I'm really getting into it, and trying to complement my technique with some sport specific conditioning training. Looking at some of the techniques, I imagine that the muscle mechanics in applying locks are very similar to arm wrestling. Anyone any comments?


Robsco 1319 posts
Hey Steve,

Welcome to the site.

Arm-wrestling is all about strength, Ju-Jitsu is about technique and leverage, so shouldn't require that sort of approach.

Some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu videos should help demonstrate that, with some guys beating other guys twice their size, etc.

The same should be true for traditional Ju-Jitsu but unfortunately it's not that well documented like BJJ tournaments, etc.
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sl Resident 855 posts
dont think you could class arm wrestling as conditioning!
ninja9578 Regular 92 posts
All that being said, it never hurts to have a little extra strength. If you're stronger than someone and at the same skill level you do have an edge.
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spider Regular 235 posts
Opposing some armlocks using only the arms own strength uses the same muscles and you will eventually tear the same things pro arm wrestlers do. The armlocks are designed for the person applying them to use two arms and bodyweight against the single arm whilst it is in a weak position.
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