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    Default Arm Spins in Folkstyle

    Are arm spins as effective in folkstyle as they are in freestyle or Greco? I see a lot of headlocks, but a lot fail because if you're in a good stance its hard to get headlocked, but with an arm spin, couldn't you hit it even when you're in a good stance? Or is it just not a good folkstyle move?

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    Default Re: Arm Spins in Folkstyle

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    Are arm spins as effective in folkstyle as they are in freestyle or Greco? I see a lot of headlocks, but a lot fail because if you're in a good stance its hard to get headlocked, but with an arm spin, couldn't you hit it even when you're in a good stance? Or is it just not a good folkstyle move?
    It is very effective. What you have to remember is that you have to get your opponet off-balanced. If doing a right handed arm spin, grab his right arm tightly. Take a few steps backwards before spinning in. It is even more effective if you push him back and when he pushes you (and he will) use that momentum to help with your pull. Once you spin in, keep your elbow in his arm pit and try to put your thumb in his ear. You will never put your thumb in his ear, but it is a good way to keep yourself tight on his arm.

    That was one of my favorite throws in wrestling and I know use it very effectively in judo. If you can't get it to work, it is probably because he isn't off balanced enough. You want to get him leaning forward on his toes before you spin in. If not, he will just throw his hip into you which will stop the throw. Keep trying it, it does work.

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    Thanks Quinn, I watched a lot of my matches today, looking where my opponents were off balanced or on their toes. And I noticed that there were a lot of times I could have hit an arm spin and I'm definitely going to practice it

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