Striking to Americana

When you're in the mount throwing downward punches, your opponent will most likely react in one of three ways. He can extend his arms upward to push you off him, in which case you can catch him in a straight arm bar (p. 263). He can keep his arms tight to his head to block your punches, which allows you to go for an Americana, a kata-gatame choke (p. 267), or establish the double attack position (p. 272). The only other thing he can do is roll over, which allows you to take his back (p. 271). In the sequence below, I'm showing you how to lock in the Americana when your opponent keeps his arms tight to his head.

I drop a straight left hand to Beach's face.

Instead of extending his arms upward, Beach protects his face by keeping his arms in tight. I have the option of working for the kata-gatame choke or the double attack mount, but instead I decide to go for the Americana. I begin by grabbing his right wrist with my right hand immediately after landing the punch.

As my right elbow slides off Beach's face and drops to the mat, I slide my left hand underneath his right arm.

Pressing my weight forward, I pin Beach's right arm to the mat. Notice how I grind the tip of my right elbow across Beach's face as I drop my right arm down to the mat.

Latching onto my right wrist with my left hand, I come up onto my left foot and lean my weight over to my right side to create the angle I need for the submission. To finish the Americana, I push down on Beach's wrist with my right hand and pull his elbow up with my left arm. This puts a tremendous amount of pressure on his shoulder.

I'm postured up in the mount position. As I draw my right hand back to land a punch to Keeping his arms in tight, Paco does a

Paco's face, he brings his elbows together and good job defending my strike, covers up.

I'm postured up in the mount position. As I draw my right hand back to land a punch to Keeping his arms in tight, Paco does a

Paco's face, he brings his elbows together and good job defending my strike, covers up.

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