Thursday, June 09, 2005

BJJ Move #11: Americana from Cross Side (a/k/a Ude Garami, paintbrush)

A submission from cross side.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Americana from Cross Side (a/k/a Ude Garami, paintbrush):

You have cross side (underclasp) on your opponent’s right side.

Opportunities / set-ups:

1) Drive your left shoulder into your opponent’s chin so he looks away from you; stay heavy, chest to chest, hips down.
Use your right hand to push down on his left wrist to pin it to the ground; don’t push down solely with your right hand, use your entire arm, shoulder and chest to get your weight on it.
Then bring your left elbow by your opponent’s left ear, pushing his head towards your left hip.

2) When his left hand is to the left of your head (higher than his shoulder).

3) Drive your left shoulder forward to release opponent’s forearm from underneath your throat.
Put your head to the ground so you get opponent’s left arm on your left shoulder.
Release his head with your left arm and place your left hand against your cheek.
Lift up with your head and when opponent tries to bring his left forearm back to your throat, catch it with your left hand and apply the keylock:

With your left hand, grab his left wrist, thumb towards elbow and press the back of his hand to the mat.
Slide your right hand underneath his left upper arm from the hip/down direction and grab the top of your left forearm ("t-stack").
Keep your chest down to keep his left shoulder from coming off the ground; pull his elbow in and down toward his hip before you lever it up over his shoulder. You want his elbow bent at ninety degrees or less, but not too much less. Don’t just lever his left elbow up-—“paint the ground” with the back of his left hand, drawing it down toward his feet. Shoulderlock.

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