I’m including grip breaks in our discussion of the armbar because they help to illustrate one of the major “why” concepts in the armbar battle as well as the idea of a common core that we referenced earlier. Even though you can enter the armbar from a variety of positions and can finish the armbar in the same manner regardless of how your body is oriented, why you choose to fight the grip from the top instead of the bottom is important. Understanding where your body is positioned is a major part of that understanding. When you are on top, you can use the mat and gravity as additional tools for control, which makes it easier for you to focus on breaking the grips. This particular grip break is my favorite. It relies on the same motion that makes the Americana effective: forcing the joint to rotate where it’s weakest.