Sunday, March 22, 2015

Virtual Training 2015/03/22 #012.2


I've discovered that I can use a few videos to work on some of the challenges that I've run into on the mats. Today's focus is on getting that appropriate upright kimura grip. I'm using one of Raphael Lovato's videos (

He starts the position from side control. He notes that a good side control requires hip-to-hip contact. He traps the outside arm with a really strong hook, even if he has to give up the cross face. A cue is to really keep that far elbow off the ground.

He also takes out the near arm that is probably blocking your hip. He pushes the arm down with the formerly cross-facing arm and then pins that arm with his shin like in a crucifix pin. He then windshield wipers his legs to pin the arm with his other leg.

Keep a strong hook on the arm using your head to pin the arm. Lift and pull the trapped arm keeping your weight on it. You almost want to pull the arm all the way to floor with your opponent up on their side. Don't let them grab their belt!

Step over their head. Switch arms and get the kimura grip. Basically, the hand that is on the side of your opponent's face is the one that will be gripping your opponents hand. You will probably have to switch grips. Think "face palm". Lovato is keen on the monkey grip. He notes that you want to curl your wrists to keep the tight position.

Getting the submission requires you to keep their elbow tight to your chest and to use a whole body movement.

There are some challenges to this approach, notably, I have to give up the sankajo on the wrist due to the monkey grip.

The other tip that I picked up came from Roy Harris. In one of his videos he demonstrates that you can get the kimura and americana more quickly if their arm is more extended... but you give up some degree of control. To get this submission you really need to get your weight over your opponent's upper arm/shoulder.

UPDATE -- an old Dean Lister video showed another interesting tip for getting the conventional kimura, particularly in no-gi where you don't have the belt grab. He doesn't step over the head. Instead, he stays low and slide backwards so that his chin is basically on his partner's non-entangled arm. He still gets the tap.

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