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2-11 Kimura from Top to Back Take

Any time you can establish dominance over one of your opponent’s arms—with an arm drag or with an armbar like we saw in the last chapter—you can potentially set up a back take. The Kimura, for as much as we think of it as a submission, is also a remarkably strong two-on-one grip. With that two-on-one grip established, you can manipulate and maneuver your opponent’s positioning with the added benefit of having a very serious submission threat. That control, coupled with that threat, can create a reliable route to the back. In the case of this technique, that route is from the top.