In my own humble opinion, the kimura grip is one of the best grips in all of jiu jitsu. It also happens to be an integral part of the kimura shoulder lock--which is a submission that everyone should add to their grappling tool kit early in their jiu jitsu journey. Of course, like every technique, the devil is in the details. For years, I could get the grip, but I had a hard time getting the finish. Now that I am slowly trying to revisit and polish up on all the basics, I have been revisiting the kimura with some success. So, I thought I would post some videos to help me start cataloging all of the different variations and key details.
First up, two old school videos featuring Masahiko Kimura--the name sake of the technique. The first video contains some footage of the legendary fight between Helio Gracie and Kimura. The second video is a brief documentary about Kimura. Both take the viewer on an informative journey back in time to the early days of Brazilian jiu jitsu--when it was still morphing from judo. The other videos posted below are instructionals--ranging from Tully's "49 kimura attacks" to different variations shown by Rafael Lovato Jr., David Avellan, and Dean Lister.
There will be several followup posts in the weeks and month's ahead in the Back to Basics series. Hopefully, you find some of the content useful. As always, watch, learn, and go train!