When I first learned the Kimura, over 15 years ago, it was as a simple jiu jitsu submission from the closed-guard.
As my journey into the art has progressed and my understanding increased, I have found it fascinating to discover that there is really so much more to this hold.
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Also known as the ‘chicken-wing’, ‘reverse key-lock’ and ‘gyaku ude-garami’, the ‘Kimura’ reference comes from the judoka Masahiko Kimura, who employed the it to defeat legendary Helio Gracie in a match in 1950’s.
A great thing about it is that can also be used from almost any position. I’ve seen it used successfully from mount, guard, side-mount, half-guard, north south and others.
Not only can it be used to submit an opponent, but it also has applications as both a sweep and a control method.
I’ve pieced together an example of each of these into this video sequence. Enjoy!
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