Q&A Using the Americana Against the – Lay and Pray Defense

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  1. Alexandre G February 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    This whole Amerciana part is amazing. I’ve seen this deep wrist grip on other techniques as well and I’m starting to use it more. I think it needs a new name to differentiate it from the classic “Monkey grip”. This is much deeper with the wrist and the base of the hand doing the contact.
    It could be called “Mantis grip”, “cupping”, “Crane grip” or whatever but it should have it’s own name.

    Thanks for all the concepts and the awesome vids.

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

      I like Mantis grip too, lol, sounds badass!

  2. Roberto V April 7, 2017 at 3:00 am

    Amazing content Henry!!

  3. michael h April 29, 2018 at 5:23 am

    Been doing this movement wrong for a long time unit now !

  4. Gabe M May 19, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    This totally changed my ability to catch the Americana. More success with it today than I have had in months.

  5. Evan D November 6, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Struggled to get any finishes from mount over the past year and almost always end up getting rolled out of mount while trying. I used this technique last week, and tapped the best white belt in our class. Powerful stuff!

  6. John G July 25, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Used it last night with a strong partner
    Pudding !!!! 🤓👍🏾
    Ps I’m calling it elbow scoop to Cobra grip to
    Sink the teeth !!! V V

  7. Pancho B January 4, 2020 at 12:45 pm


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