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09 October 2020

09/10/2020 - Teaching | Side Control | Kimura hug

Teaching #952
Artemis BJJ (Easton Road), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 09/10/2020

Short Version:
  • They grab their gi/belt to block your kimura
  • Release your grip on your own wrist, instead grabbing your other tricep
  • Release your grip on their wrist, reaching under their elbow and grabbing your remaining tricep
  • Walk your elbows out, then move your legs around past their head
  • With your weight on their shoulder, tilt your elbows towards their head

Full Version: This follow up to the kimura is a technique Daniel Bertina 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. Daniel advises bringing your leg through into a scarf hold type position, then applying the finish. 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.

To avoid that pain, all the person on the bottom needs to do is keep their gripping fist horizontal, to avoid engaging the muscle (ligament? Something pops up when turn your hand). Make sure they don't turn their thumb up, as that will then increase the forearm pressure. 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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Teaching Notes: Covering for Alasdair, hence why I was teaching on a Friday. The classes are continiuing to go pretty well, decent numbers and more opportunities to keep adding back more classes appearing. In terms of the technique teaching, I don't have too much to add, so I'll copy the notes from the last time I taught this. Which were:

It is of course important that people already know the kimura for this. Walking out the elbows is important, also dropping your weight onto their shoulder. Generally when people couldn't finish the submission, it was one of those two things, so that's what would be worth emphasising next time. I mentioned briefly you could do this from a north south kimura they were blocking too, which is worth mentioning as I find myself going for that far more often than a standard side control kimura.

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