How to Do an Americana from Side Control MMA Submission

Learn how to do an Americana from side control MMA submission from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast video.

All right guys, we’re gonna go through our first submission, an Americana lock from side control. I’m gonna demonstrate it first. I’m in side control, nice good pin. There we go. There’s the lock. All right. This is how we do it. I’m in side control. A lot of times, he’ll push my head. This is not a good thing to do, but it puts y-, I drive my head forward, reach around with my hand grabbing, not using your thumb this way.

Grabbing this way and again, the same move grip, the monkey grip, on your right hand. Now, it’s very important that this arm is parallel to this arm. If you can see, not like this. Parallel, always parallel. There’s a three step move here. I have the grip, I pull his arm in, I twist my wrists and I pull his elbow down to his feet. Notice I did not pull his arm up like this. I’m not lifting his arm.

That is not incorrect in the right circumstances, but in this case, it’s incorrect. I’ll show you. First, I wanna establish maximum leverage. I pull his arm into his ear. I call that the accordion, pulling it to his ear. We’re gonna do this with our hands like a motorcycle grip, breaking on a motorcycle. That’s motorcycle. Accordion, motorcycle, down.

If he does not tap there, after I’ve established all my leverages, now I can just slowly start lifting his elbow, but only after the first three leverages are established. Accordion, motorcycle, down. Accordion, motorcycle, down. Always keeping his arm parallel with this arm. That’s the Americana from side control.