By Coach Katie Egan
Chaining together submissions can be a very a great way to combat common defenses to your attacks. It allows you to think about the possible counters and what logically follows. Here we see Katie attacking an Americana submission transitioned into an arm triangle choke. The Americana is first attacked by using two arms against one and using her upper body to isolate her partners arm and then transitioning to a figure four grip. A common defense of pulling your arm towards their body to the initial Americana arm lock allows Katie to use her partners momentum to bring the arm across their body. Katie then transitions her far arm under the head bringing her elbow down towards the mats and using a gable grip to secure the position before dismounting into side control. The choke is then finished by Katie lowering her body and pushing her partners arm sideways into her neck. Instead of forgoing a submission that is not working, transitioning to a new submission can open up more possibilities, and doesn’t limit mobility and creativity.
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