Near vs Far Side Kimura Armlocks

Most grapplers know how to apply the Kimura armlock on the far side of their opponent’s bodies.  It’s an attack taught at white belt that you see in every grappling competition.

And many intermediate grapplers don’t know that you can actually use the Kimura technique on both sides of your opponent’s body.

But the near side Kimura is an absolutely critical position for controlling your opponent.  This is especially true in no gi when you have far fewer handles.

In this article I’ll show you how to use that alternate gip Kimura to set up different submissions (armbar, side triangle choke, etc) and how to use it as a big giant handle to move your opponent all over the mat!

Near vs Far Side Kimura Video

First, here’s the video that the rest of the article is based on.

Check it out because it breaks down the difference between getting the Kimura grip on the two different sides of your opponent’s body and what you can do with those gips…

The Far Side Kimura

Most grapplers learn about the far side Kimura long before they’re introduced to the near side Kimura.

The classical far side Kimura starts by controlling the arm that’s furthest away from you when you’re in side control.

Let’s say you’re in sidemount on your opponent’s right side.  In this case you would control your opponent’s far (right) wrist with your bottom (left) hand).

From here you can move on and finish the submission by locking your arms into the chickenwing configuration, adjusting your grips if necessary, tightening the lock and then finishing it using the power of your legs and body.

I go through applying the far side Kimura submission starting at about 0:08 of the video above.

To help you with the far side Kimura here’s a popular Youtube video of mine demystifying the gripping sequence for the lock…

The Near Side Kimura Grip

In the far side Kimura we talked about just above you controlled your opponent’s far (right) wrist with your bottom (left) hand).

For the near side Kimura you flip things around. Now you grip his near (left) wrist with your top (right) hand.  Bring your other (left) arm under his forearm and grip … Continue reading Near vs Far Side Kimura Armlocks