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Artechoke in a Can: Dynamic Kimuras

To round out our kimura module, and this is becoming something of a tradition, I exposed my students to some of the “newer” applications of the kimura.

We focused on fundamental kimura attacks and transitions for most of the module because not only are they accessible and reliable, they are a good way to expand the way a person thinks about a technique in jiu-jitsu. For six weeks, I’ve emphasized the idea that the kimura is a position, not just a submission. Making that distinction helps you to explore the potential of a technique rather than thinking of it in terms of “success or failure.”

In today’s lesson, we looked at some more dynamic kimura transitions, which I first picked up from a Mendes brothers video. For the sake of being thorough, that video is below.

Admittedly, this particular kimura application is still relatively new to me, so teaching it is a way for me to refine my thoughts on it, and it also provides me with a stable of beta testers. With 16 other people playing with the Mendes kimura, the chances of someone showing me a new discovery or insight related to this particular technique is high. In that way, we can all grow together.

To start that ball rolling, we looked at the kimura that the Mendes brothers showed, which I have been using to set the armbar or take the back.

Next, we looked at countering the single leg with a kimura grip. This is not a new technique by any means, but being comfortable with the Mendes transition has made me much more confident in attacking with this technique because I feel prepared to deal with the inevitable scramble that follows.

To end the class, we looked at a recovery drill, the purpose of which is to help make the Mendes transition feel more natural.

And to prove that more people are using the kimura grip than just the Mendes brothers, here is a short clip of Andre Galvao using the kimura grip as a control tool, just like we’ve talked about for the last 6 weeks:

Next week, we start my favorite module: arm drags and back-takes.

Artechoke in a Can is the online version of Marshal D. Carper’s weekly no-gi class. Marshal is a purple belt under Sonny Achille at Steel City Martial Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and he is the author of The Cauliflower Chronicles and Marcelo Garcia’s Advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Techniques.

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