Arm Drag to the Back Sweep

You cannot view this unit as you're not logged in yet.

About the Author:


  1. Nathaniel R March 29, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I do this sweep a lot the way Roger does it. To the point where once i get that arm across and i sit up. In this instance in the video they’d go up to their foot on their right leg to try to stop me from bringing them over that way. Should i just go for the back at that point or do you have a way to nullify that leg?

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Yup! The Back or hook the leg with your arm and transition into the armbar on the far arm, one of my favorite set ups

      • Donald C April 11, 2019 at 9:32 am

        Thank you Henry. Can you direct me to a video or explain more what you mean about transition tot he armbar on the far arm? I would love to see that. Or explain more? Thank you sir!

  2. Matt M March 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    If they post with their leg to defend the sweep, I say take the back and make them regret their decision ????‍♂️RNC.

  3. William B March 30, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Henry can you show more detail how you go to the back from here? I heard Rickson has a very unique way he does it.

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      There are 2 things that i think might be unique to taking the back, how to climb the back AND from the closed guard how to slip to the back. I’ll share this information when I release my “Back” course, more sweeps will be coming in this module soon

      • jesper s April 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

        Unit 20 closed guard?

        • William B September 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

          Yep exactly unit 20 from closed guard. I was talking about how he uses the leg to climb to the back. Awesome stuff. Thanks henry.

  4. John B April 1, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Love the hidden details, my favourite go-to sweep from closed guard right now. Is there a danger of them swinging the arm up acroos the front of your face when you put your belly in & if so whats the best option from there?

    • Henry A April 11, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      Hmm not quite sure what you mean John

      • Brian J April 25, 2017 at 2:42 am

        Henry, I believe he means whip the arm in an “air guitar” motion like limp arming out of a wizzer from the half guard “dog fight” position.

    • Brian J April 25, 2017 at 2:50 am

      John B, I personally attempt to climb to the back off of the arm drag every time as my primary attack. Unless you take a long break in the middle of the transition, I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered an “arm circle” to try to free the arm. Usually people either:

      1. Push back into me (usually if they’re larger than I am) to try to bully me back to the bottom. In that case, this sweep is what I use.
      2. They’ll accept the sweep and roll to the bottom to prevent their back from being taken and attempt to recover some form of guard and posture.

      I hope this helps. Good training to you!

  5. Keegan Y May 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Have always switched to a Pendulum Sweep when this happens, but this seems more efficient and doesn’t expose your head to being hit by their free hand in a self defense/MMA context. Hit it this way while rolling this week and it worked like a charm! Thanks again Henry!

  6. Peter K August 19, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Love the detail about incorporating bell and chest

Leave A Comment