Using the Kimura to Sweep, Control and Submit

Andrew Raynor
Andrew Raynor Dover NH

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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Different Names

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.

Multi-Position Attack

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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Andrew Raynor Dover NH


Andrew Raynor Dover NH


Using the Kimura Submission to Sweep, Control and Submit


This video shows some interesting variations on one of the most powerful jiu jitsu techniques.

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