Classical Ju-jutsu Armlock


Here’s one classical approach to applying the armlock that has morphed into the ‘Americana’ or Figure 4 Armlock in modern submission grappling).  As you can see, it’s similar but different…

(This technique is part of the Submission Grappling vs. Classical Ju-Jutsu article on

Alex locks up with his opponent, seizing pressure points at the elbow and neck
He turns to his left, tripping his opponent…
…and drops a knee onto his liver area.
Alex slides his knee up to pin the shoulder
He parries an attempted punch from his pinned opponent with his left
…and secures the wrist with his right hand.
He applies a twisting, lifting elbow and wrist lock (Neji Age) to finish the confrontation.

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