The Americana gets a bad rap these days for being a low-percentage submission. That basically just means you don’t currently see it hit often in high-level competition. But ultimately, the Americana / ude garami / double wrist lock (lots of names for it) is a valid and powerful submission. It just needs some details.
In this video, we look at setups and finishing mechanics for this arm lock, as well as common mistakes that prevent it from working at higher levels. I hope this is helpful, regardless of your experience with this submission.
Included in this video:
0:40 – Basic Americana from Mount
2:55 – Breaking Anatomy
3:42 – Better Strategies for Americana from Mount
5:55 – Americana from Side Control
7:44 – Slot Machine Americana from Guard
9:30 – Americana from Crucifix
10:55 – Ude Garami from Kesa Gatame
12:00 – South Americana from Bottom Side
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