I recently posted the first in what was to be six posts detailing the notes from the recent Scott Devine seminar here at Devine Jiu Jitsu Charleston. In the first post, the focus was on the Americana or key lock. For today, I want to go over Scott's details on the kimura. As always, keep in mind that these notes are a work in progress:
Technique One (Basic Kimura from Cross Side):
- Secure grip when O tries to go for underhook (thumb out grip for both)
- Key detail: Make a "short angle" with O's arm--that is, don't leave it extended out. Instead, pull O's grip close to his side so his arm forms 90 degree angle at least).
- Shift hips and baseball slide through so your trailing backside hip is connected to O's body.
- Switch elbows and step over O's head. Be active with the hook on O's head. Don't just passively place it there, rather use it to pull O's head towards you.
- This last detail is crucial: If you don't elevate your O's farside shoulder off the ground, there is nowhere for the submission to go. By pulling O's shoulder off the ground and using the hook on his head to elevate him and keep him in place, you make room for the submission to work.
- Rotate O's wrist towards his head. Remember this is a shoulder lock. The pressure should be on O's shoulder. You are not just trying to push O's hand up his back.
Technique Two (Modified Kimura from Cross Side):
- Once again try set up from Technique One when O tries to underhook.
- This time, O is savvy and tries to straighten his arm. As a result, you can't get your own wrist on wrist position.
- In one motion, get chest to chest with O and step over his head and place your frontside knee on farside. At this point, you will pinch your O's head between your legs while both of your knees are on the ground.
- Pull up on O's arm to maximize torque and twist your body for the submission.
Technique Three (Modified Kimura Two from Cross Side):
- You can start this technique from the "head pinch" position of Technique Two. The problem with this is that it limits your range of motion when you try to rotate your upper body.
- A common way of addressing this issue is to plant your farside foot close to your O's body which opens up your range of motion. You have to keep your posted leg close to your O's body or he will get his shoulder back to the ground (see Technique One).
- However, this creates it's own problem as it allows your O to try to scoot out the back door because you no longer have his head pinched between your thighs.
- Rotate your hips back to the nearside while at the same time throwing your backside elbow over your O's body. Here again, be active when it comes to manipulating your O's head with your frontside leg/foot. You want to pull his head to you while sitting in "the pocket" with your hip and backside leg.
OK, that's it for now. There are still tons of techniques to write up and share. It's going to take a while before I get them all written up owing to my surgery. But slowly but surely I will get caught up. Next up: Lots of nasty techniques from kesa gatame. So, stay tuned!