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26 August 2017

26/08/2017 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Heidelberg 2017 | Kimura hug (Daniel Bertina)

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BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Olympiastützpunkt Rhein-Neckar) Daniel Bertina, Heidelberg, Germany, 26/08/2017

The final class of camp proved to be the one most immediately applicable to my game. It was based around a kimura follow-up that Daniel has been using since he was a child training judo, apparently. You go for the kimura, but they grab their belt or whatever to block your submission. Reach all the way through with your wrist gripping hand, hugging your own triceps. Your other hand goes under their elbow, reaching for your other triceps. Squeeze your arms together and wriggle them forwards, for a count of 1-2-3.

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Next, walk your legs around towards their head, until your can shift your weight onto their far shoulder. To finish, twist your elbow nearest to their head up to apply a shoulderlock. I've decided to call this the kimura hug, which feels appropriate (and I like that it sounds cuddly instead of nasty ;D). It's possible to get the tap from the cutting pressure of your forearm, though personally I prefer to avoid anything that relies on pain and leaves lasting soreness. You can do this on the near side too, as well as an acrobatic jump into the position off a guard pass.

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