Aug 14, 2007

The Kimura? Isn't that what Japanese women wear? (BJJ)

For the Grapple-challenged amongst us, the Kimura, one of the most famous armlocks ever (here's why:, is still a foreign subject.

Wikipedia says:
Kimura (Ude-garami)
Kimura (
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), chicken wing (wrestling), or reverse keylock are terms used to specify a medial keylock known in judo as ude-garami. The application is similar to the americana, except that it is reversed. It needs some space behind the opponent to be effective, and can be applied from the side control or guard. Contrary to the americana, the opponent's wrist is grabbed with the hand on the same side, and the opposite arm is put on the back side the opponent's arm, and again grabbing the attacker's wrist and forming a figure-four. By controlling the opponent's body and cranking the arm away from the attacker, pressure is put on the shoulder joint, and depending on the angle, also the elbow joint (in some variations the opponent's arm is brought behind his back, resulting in a finishing position resembling that of the "hammerlock" outlined below). The kimura was named after the judoka Masahiko Kimura, who used it to defeat one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Hélio Gracie.

The Kimura can be applied from a variety of positions(closed guard, open guard, north-south position, side control, and from the mount); today, we will focus on the Kimura from the Closed Guard, and the Kimura from Side Control.

From the Closed Guard (

From Side Control (


(Closed Guard)
As soon as the guy in your guard plants a hand on the mat, go for a Kimura on the other arm.

When you get the lock in, make sure the guy's upper arm is tight to your chest.

If the Kimura doesn't work, transition to the omoplata (

I see this tried/taught from the closed guard improperly all the time- make sure you open your guard and scoot your hips and body out toward the arm to get proper leverage.

(Side Control)
All I can say about the SC Kimura is that leg work makes or breaks this move.

For both, and for just about everything else, actually, practice makes perfect, right?

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