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Americana aka Paint Brush

The Kimura from side mount is just one attack out of a series that go well together. Whenever we isolate the opponent’s arm from side mount, we have a Kimura, an Americana or paint brush, a Straight Arm Lock, and an Arm Triangle choke in a series called the Kimura Mouse Trap.

The Americana is like a Kimura in reverse, literally. We are rotating the shoulder in the opposite direction. So there are a few details that naturally get reversed as well. One of the key ones that most people miss is that instead of bringing their elbow to their ear as we do with the Kimura, we bring their elbow to their ribs. This small detail makes a huge difference. In fact, if you don’t do this, you won’t finish an Americana on anyone, and it’s the detail most responsible for people escaping.


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