This week we are taking a look at how to use finish the americana from the mount. One one of the main problems with doing a keylock or americana from the knees is that any movement by your opponent makes you base out with your hands. Additionally it doesn’t incorporate proper leverage using your bodyweight. A few slight adjustments make for an unstoppable americana. First always turn your hips parallel to their forearm. This slight adjustment makes all the difference in the world as it brings you into alignment with the limb you are attacking. Second act like you are doing a lunge but make sure that the side of your hip contacts their stomach/ribs. Its almost like you are doing a one hand pushups. Next make sure to clamp down between your knee and your heel to make position tighter. By doing this their shoulder will be taking ALL of your weight and any movement they make will tend to bring their arm to the floor. Hand and elbow positioning is important too!!! Half hand and half wrist for the first hand. Second hand put wherever you feel will give you the most leverage. Your elbows should be turned in towards your ribs and bent just slightly. I’ll prove it to you. If you are doing a bench press, can you chest take more weight if you are holding 300lbs with almost straight arms or bent arms. The answer is obvious: arms that are more straight. However do you know the single most important detail of this move. It’s attempting to grab your hand instead of your wrist. How often have you been in this scenario? You finally lock up the Americana and just as your grab your wrist your extremely strong opponent starts to straighten his arm. Everything is messed up now. You don’t’ have the proper angle to finish and so you either transition into an armbar or you lose the attack. Just by this one simple detail you will prevent him from being able to move the limb. Tap!! Isn’t it great when one tiny detail increases the efficacy of the technique 100 fold? Thats why martial arts and brazilian jiu jitsu is an awesome thing. If you are interested in training martial arts in bergen county come check us out.