Marcus Soares Kimura/Neck Crank from North-South Position


The Kimura can be a very powerful submission in conjunction with other attacks. Here senior Carlson Gracie black belt Marcus Soares shows you how to apply the Kimura and a powerful neck crank at the same time.

kimura from 69 photos 1 and 2

Photo 1 – Start in the north-south position with one arm over your opponent’s shoulder and one arm under his shoulder. Your bodyweight should initially be on the side of the underhooking arm.

Photo 2 – To set up the submission, start circling towards the overhooked side, and trap his arm by encircling it with your own and gripping your own lapel.

chicken wing neck crank from north south position photos 3 and 4

Photo 3 – This close-up shows you how exactly how to hold his arm and your own lapel. Your opponent is unlikely to suspect how close he is to a Kimura lock!

Photo 4 – Now switch your base, bringing your thigh up under his head like a pillow. The next move will be to step your other leg up over his head and triangle your feet, trapping his head between your legs.

completed kimura and neck crank photo 5

Photo C5 – Now you lie back and pull on his arm, putting severe strain on his shoulder. If you don’t believe that this is a Kimura lock try it on your training partner. When he taps, take a look at his arm: it should be bent into the exact same position as if you were applying a regular Kimura. At the same time as you are locking his arm, however, you can be neckcranking and choking him by squeezing your legs together and pulling on his arm: a very bad position for your opponent.

For more information on the Kimura submission (and Marcus Soares) check out the Mastering the Kimura article on this site.

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