Kimura lock is one of the most effective and brutal submission holds in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. After all, who can forget the fight between Frank Mir and Antonio Noguiera, when Mir broke “Big Nog’s arm with a devastating Kimura lock?
What’s great about a Kimura is that it can be performed from just about any guard position. From closed or open guard, mount or from North-South position, it doesn’t matter where you start it, Kimura is an effective and almost sure-fire way to get your opponent to tap out.
For this article, however, we will focus on how to set up and do a Kimura from closed guard, as this is the situation you are most likely to find yourself in during a BJJ match.
The number one thing you won’t to do when setting up for a Kimura is to make sure your opponent have nowhere to go. A closed guard is perfect for this.
A closed guard is a basis for many submission holds and it’s easy to move from it to another guard, like an open or half guard. To have your opponent in a closed guard, he has to be on top of you. Hook your legs around his waist and cross or lock your feet so you can keep his hips close to your guard.
By making sure his hips are close to your guard, you effectively take away the opponent’s ability to use strikes on you while he is in a mounting position, but more importantly, set him up for a submission hold, such as a Kimura.
Now it’s time to mess a little with the opponent’s posture. At the same time you pull his hips toward you with your legs, use your arms to push his arms to the side, where they’ll be of no use to him and a lesser threat to you.
Make sure to get a good grip on the opponent’s sleeve as well as his lapel. Of course, if the other man is not wearing a gi, like in a typical MMA fight, you’ll have to grab the arm itself, but the Kimura is doable this way nevertheless.
Pull your opponent’s arm to the ground using his sleeve or the arm itself and open your guard (unhook your legs). With the other hand (the one on his lapel), reach over the opponent’s triceps and at the same time sit up.
Reach over and through your opponent’s arm with one hand to grab the wrist on your other hand, trapping it effectively. You want that arm (opponent’s) to be as far away from his body as possible, so he can’t defend.
At the same time, scissor your legs around his body, pressing down on his lower back with your calf to make sure he doesn’t simply roll out from this predicament.
Now that you and your opponent are in this position, you are both ready for a Kimura lock – you to apply and he to take it.
There are two ways you can go about it.
The first is to brink the opponent’s hand to the back of his head and the second is to move his elbow closer to his head.
Whichever you choose, it will end in him tapping out to your successful Kimura lock.
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