Kimura from Side Control

D. J. Jackson from Team Lloyd Irvin is a master of the strategy of takedown, pass, and submit with kimura from side control. Here’s an example:

I like this submission very much in concept but I haven’t put much time in to it (YET!) because going for it often opens up the back as the guy tries to escape and I prefer taking the back. Still, lately, I’ve been trying to add more submissions to my game for two reasons:

  1. I believe going for (some) submissions opens up options for improving position (mount, back, etc)
  2. A submission allows me to quickly end a match against an opponent who I’m already beating on points. This is important for when I have a big division (plus absolute) in a tournament and I need to conserve energy for the tough long matches against the best guys in the division.

Anyway, here’s Vinny Magalhaes showing the basic kimura from side control:

Many people, including Marcelo Garcia, don’t like the kimura because it doesn’t work as well against bigger stronger opponents. Marcelo likes techniques that work on anyone. I agree with that philosophy for the most part, but I think I have enough strength to pull it off on big guys, once the technique is mastered, or at least distract them while I work to advance position.

Stephan Kesting shows three very basic errors that people make with this kimura. Most of us know of these mistakes, but we still make them:

Of course, no blog post would be complete without mention of Lloyd Irvin’s Kimura Mouse Trap. Here’s a video of him breaking it down:

0 thoughts on “Kimura from Side Control

    1. Lex Post author

      Awesome, great break down of the basic details. Thanks, Josh. I need to follow your footsteps and develop a healthy addiction to Sherdog. If you can stand the occasional heat on the forums, it seems like there is a lot to learn there.


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