No Americana? Go For This “Scream Tap” Armbar

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So they weaseled (or muscled) their way out of the Americana. Good.

If you’ve never been hit with this miserable armbar out of side control, consider yourself lucky. Invisible Jiu Jitsu refers to it as the “Surprise Scream Tap Armbar” for a reason, cuz it is fast and nearly impossible to defend given how isolated the arm is.

The set up is a failed armbar or kimura out of side control. When your opponent straightens their arm to defend, you shift your elbows and chest forward, and apply the armbar. Make sure your elbows–the “bar” –are stacked close and tight under theirs to give you room to work. Here’s the nuanced breakdown:




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Kimberly Kaye

Kimberly Kaye is a blue belt under Plinio Cruz now training BJJ and Muay Thai out of NOLA MMA. When she’s not being choked or kicked by large Louisianians, she’s a student of integrative medicine/nutrition at FCMA and rehabilitator of deaf bully breed dogs no one else wants. Kimberly coexists with the rare diseases CIPO and Ehler-Danlos Syndrome, and is an advocate for disabled individuals in the martial arts community and world at large.




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