BJJ is full of moves that can take down your opponent in a variety of ways, you have submissions and throws, all performed in their own right. A cool aspect about BJJ is that you can mix up your strategies with the help of transitions, you can perform one move after another by transitioning from a different positions to a submission or lock. All of these moves also cause damage according to their own complexity and one of the most lethal moves you can perform in BJJ is the bicep slicer.
The bicep slicer, also known as the bicep lock, is a type of grappling move that causes pain to your opponent’s arm by pressing their muscle into their bone. These types of locks or submissions are called compression or muscle locks. They also consist of moves that can cause a joint lock by squeezing the limb over a fulcrum; apply enough force and you can cause major damage to the muscles, tendons and some potential bone injuries like dislocation of joints or ligaments. The bicep slicer is especially known to be one of the most lethal of the moves you can do in BJJ as there is no known counter other than to avoid being in a position and it pain it causes in such a little amount of time has no answer other than to tap out.
How to Perform technique
To perform the bicep slicer effectively, you would need to apply pressure by putting your arm or leg over the opponent’s arm as a fulcrum, locking it using the elbow and then flexing it over the fulcrum you have created. This will cause the biceps and forearm of your opponent to be suppressed and they can feel the pain when the bony parts of your limbs such as the shin or the elbow when you are performing the moves via the legs or arms respectively, impact their muscles with great force. This is also what makes the bicep slicer a compression lock, the pressure from the bony parts are really forced into the opponent to keep their ‘locked’ in place. You can also use it as a potential armlock when applied in the same fashion as it causes a stretch or separating tension in the opponent’s elbow joint.
The bicep slicer is a lethal move and is allowed in judo competitions but when it comes to some BJJ, it is proclaimed as an illegal technique, until brown belt under IBJJF rules. The reason it is declared illegal is simply that there is not much time between to counter it and the pain is so lethal that most athletes tap out before. Plus, it is wise to do so as those athletes who try to fight through the pain end up with their biceps being cut in half.
How Can You Transition into a Bicep Slicer
The transition to a bicep slicer is a simple one because you can use either your arm or legs to perform it. Since the move is a category of submission, there are many options from where you can transition from, making it extremely versatile. The most common and effective example is a bicep slicer performed from an armbar or a failed armbar. If you can’t break the opponent’s grip after they counter your armbar then all you have to do is to take your leg, wrap it over their chest and then to their forearm leading to a triangle lock. After that, just use the legs to apply pressure and your opponent will tap out in no time.