Kimura Defense and Escapes

Kimura Defense and Escapes

Welcome to JJOTG's online Kimura Defense and Escape series. Kimuras are a very scary submission to get caught in and can cause devastating injury to the shoulder if not properly defended or tapped out of in time. In this series we will focus on the details of basic Kimura defense, countering the back take, late defense and the rolling Kimura escape. Please take the time to study this series and practice these drills often with good training partners.

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Kimura Defense and Escapes
  • Kimura Def HG 1of4

    In the first installment of this four part online Kimura Defense series we will be looking at basic defense when your opponent has captured the arm and is setting up for the Kimura. Here we focus on head placement, position of the captured arm as well as hip control.

  • Kimura Def HG 2of4

    It's important that you hook your opponents leg and keep downward forward pressure. The goal here is to stay on top and keep control of your opponent to prevent the back take.

  • Kimura Def HG 3of4

    When your opponent gets a step ahead of you in the Kimura sequence you will need to transition into a late defensive posture. Here we will focus on hooking the inside of our own leg and creating a solid frame to the outside.

  • Kimura Def HG 4of4

    It's time for the "Hail Mary" Kimura escape...the Rolling Kimura Escape! Remember, this is your last resort defense that must be repetitively drilled with good partners for effectiveness and reduced chance of injury.