GB Learning : the Kimura Lock

This week Gracie Barra Learning will feature some videos on the versatile Kimura lock. The “Kimura” was named after one of the greatest Japanese judo icons Masahiko Kimura who famously used the ude garami variation to defeat Helio Gracie in a legendary match in Brazil.

Let’s see some Kimura techniques and details by Gracie Barra instructors that you can try in your game.

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1) Paper Cutter Choke To Kimura
Professor Dave Weber and Flavio Almeida demonstrate the most common position from which to attack the Kimura lock : side control.

2) Kimura from Half Guard
Prof. Philipe Della Monica, the head instructor at Gracie Barra HQ shows some details on how to attack the Kimura from bottom of half guard. A great tip on switching the legs.

3) Kimura Counter from Kesa-Gatame
How to escape the scarf hold and attack your opponent’s shoulder with a Kimura lock in the transition.

4) Kimura from Open Guard
Prof. Victor Estima shows an attack when your opponent sits up in their guard. Catch the Kimura grip and roll into the lock.

See also on Gracie Barra : Triangle Choke From The Guard

Credits: Mark Mullen
Gracie Barra Black belt based in Saigon, Vietnam
Twitter: @MarkMullenBJJ