Unless you’re rolling with someone who just started putting the pajamas on, chances are you’re not submitting too many people with textbook Americanas or armbars–the setup is too obvious for experienced grapplers, requiring sneakier, savvier entrances into the position.
Hurricane BJJ elevates this fake-it-till-you-make-it tutorial with a point by point breakdown of what you’ll need to do before going into a full demo with black belt John Lawrence. Start by going for the obvious, pressuring down Americana setup. When your opponent inevitably defends, attack his other arm with a kimura grip. Dismount and get perpendicular while remaining super close to your partner. Swing your free leg over their head as you fall back to stress their joint and wait for the sweet, sweet tap.