Here’s a short 1:55 video taking you through the the Kimura armlock attack from the north-south position.
This Kimura setup is usually the first attack I go for whenever I’m in the north south position.
If you run into resistance then there are a million ways to finish the Kimura or to transition into backtakes, leglocks and armbars. So if you learn this setup it ends up leading you to a very versatile hub position!
Check out some of the related Kimura links and tips below…
More Material to Master the Kimura!
The first time I saw this Kimura variation from the north-south position I said to myself, “Yeah right, that’ll never work in a million, billion years!”
And then I started catching people in it and tapping them out. Now it’s one of my very favourite ways to finish the Kimura.
Put your arm this way, put your arm that way, grab with the thumb, grab without the thumb; gripping for the Kimura can get COMPLICATED!
Here’s the correct gripping sequence broken down for you in a Youtube video
This is the exact technique that Japanese fighter named Kazushi Sakuraba started used to tear a bloody swath through MMA world, including a number of the very best jiu-jitsu guys fighting in Japan at the time.
In this video Rob Biernacki demonstrates ‘FYJJ Kimura Sparring’, an important training method for developing any submission.
Here you treat the submission as a hub position when you’re rolling, maintaining it, transitioning from it, and returning to it when you go off track.
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.
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.
Sometimes your opponent has too strong a defensive position for you to finish the submission itself.
Here’s BJJ world champion Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mullins showing you how to take your opponent’s back using that same Kimura grip so you can choke him out instead.