The Americana

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  1. Karen L December 16, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Awesome insight on the Americana! Especially the tip to keep the head raised to prevent being roles. I have been taught to keep the head down to protect against strikes. No one has yet tried to roll me, nor have I seen anyone else get rolled when trying to execute the americana with the head down.
    Thanks a bunch for sharing your knowledge!

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 7:44 am

      You’re very welcome Karen! :)

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  3. Anthony C February 19, 2017 at 4:20 am

    If you could only see my chin drop after seeing this! Lol. That was crazy!

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Hahahaha, glad you like!

  4. Luca C February 23, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    This is my go 2 move and I have been doing it wrong for years lol that’s ks

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 7:54 am

      Not Wrong… you’ve just discovered a more efficient way of doing it. That’s a never ending journey in jiu-jitsu… how do we do things with less strength and effort and get them to work even if the person is resisting.

  5. Andy K March 4, 2017 at 4:13 am

    I really appreciate all the ‘extra’ videos – so glad I signed up. Your instruction is very good – thanks :-)

  6. Kurt F March 20, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    WOW, it’s sooo cool to see the solution to a problem I have all the time! I used to have folks slip their arms out easy as pie. Now I’m a bear trap. “Connecting” the arm and body… wouldn’t have thunk it. :-) But it works! Hoping to see other tweaks just as methodical as this.

    • Henry A March 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

      Simple, efficient and effective. That’s how jiu-jitsu should be! Glad it’s fixed a problem for you Kurt

  7. Steve T March 29, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Is keeping the head raised enough to prevent being rolled? Do you need to grapevine the leg or anything like that? Thanks.

    • Henry A March 30, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      No, I just shift my weight (hips back) although you can grapevine or transition to more of a cross body position. Try it with a partner pushing under your armpit lightly at first then increasing strength and see how you feel and what adjustments you might need to make to be more stable.

  8. Ryan L August 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Money…thanks Henry

  9. Ryan D February 10, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    This makes so much sense! I love the fact that you still have the outside hand for base if you do get bumped/rolled while maintaining control. Way more efficient Americana than traditionally taught. Thank you Sir!

  10. Vince C March 25, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    This is a fantastic detail! I have been taught wrongly when I learned this. Thank you

  11. michael p May 5, 2018 at 2:05 am

    I watched this video yesterday and used it today to great success

  12. Matthew D December 28, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Mind blowing Henry! That makes so much more sense than using 2 arms to push down the arm,the problem is that I train at a Gracie Torrance CTC affiliate , which teaches the 2 arm method and to keep you head down. It’s the closest BJJ school near me that teaches self defense. How do you suggest I train the Americana for now on ? Especially while drilling it at my school? Don’t want to piss off my instructor by going against his teachings.

  13. clifford l January 1, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Put it to use with resistance once i practice the mechanics with my training partner, he could not stop it, we switched position i am 50 pounds heavier and dang i couldn’t stop it, i would have to spaz like crazy and use all my strength and energy to escape which means that this is really a solid technique,Thank you Sir

  14. David R January 20, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Very insightful!

  15. Robert M January 23, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! I always do the arm push & they always straighten their arm!

  16. dirk B April 15, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    This is great. Americana was the first submission I learned, this gives it a whole new perspective. The HJJ defense I already got to try our in rolling and it worked brilliantly. From the mount I often run into this situation and had no idea what to do but keeping mount and start grapping the collar or go for an armbar. This makes somemuch sense and I love the video’s where many people are learning it for the first time and trying – really helps to understand what’s happening.

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