How to Do a Kimura from Side Control? (Helpful Tips)

The BJJ Kimura from side control is one of the best submissions in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. Indeed, the kimura side control is so effective in the same way as the triangle choke and armbar that force your opponent to tap out. 

Besides, the kimura lock move had become famous in grappling martial arts. And, this happened in 1951 when Masahiko Kimura used it to submit Hélio Gracie in the Maracanã Stadium ahead of 20.000 spectators.

Otherwise, the kimura move could be achievable almost from every position in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and MMA. During this article, you’ll learn some key points to get an easy kimura lock submission from side control.

You’re probably wondering! 

How to Do a Kimura from Side Control In Gi and No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu?

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Almost every BJJ practitioner is familiar with the kimura submission. Moreover, most of them – also BJJ beginners- have fun hunting to the kimura lock from closed guard, but they more likely fail to perform it from the side control position. 

A good kimura move involves your two hands (Kimura Grip). The first-hand purpose is to push and immobilize the opponent’s wrist. And, the second hand (that comes through and walks up) has for objective to pull the opponent’s elbow to achieve the shoulder lock. 

Here is an incredible BJJ tutorial video on the perfect jiu-jitsu kimura move in Gi and No-Gi by John Danaher.

Source: Bernardo Faria BJJ Fanatics

Here is another BJJ Video that presents two incredible ways to get the traditional side control kimura lock.

Source: Howcast

Wait! In the section below, you’ll find some more interesting facts regarding the kimura lock from side control, as well as more in-depth information.

What Is the Kimura Submission In BJJ Martial Arts?

The Kimura lock is one of the top submission techniques in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. It is a shoulder lock submission that can be executed from various positions such as the closed guard or half guard, side control, mount, and so on.

How to Defend and Counter the Kimura Side Control?

The next video will guide you through the basic movements that you must perform to resist and escape the kimura lock while under control from the side.

Source: Inverted Gear

How to Move from the Side Control Kimura to an Armbar?

The next video will walk you through the steps required to perform the side control kimura armbar combo properly.

Source: MMA Leech

What Are Side Control Kimura Attack Options?

In the following video, Prof. Andre Galvao walks you step by step through several extraordinary kimura attacks from side control.

Source: Atos Jiu-Jitsu HQ | World’s Best BJJ Academy – Home Page

Final Thoughts

The kimura from the side control position is one of the most exciting submissions in the world of jiu-jitsu martial arts. As a result, BJJ students should learn and practice this technique from the very beginning of their time on the mat.

The position of side control is unquestionably one of the most dominating in the sport of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Aside from that, it provides many submission chances and transitions to other dominating positions for both the top and bottom players.

Suppose you learned to manage your weight and pressure while aggressively playing the top side control position. In that case, you will get a range of submissions and transitions if this is the case.

A significant number of sweeps and submit attempts will be made against you if you come to build a solid defensive and frame system from the bottom side control.

I hope that this tutorial will help you in developing a successful side control game.

Speak your mind; what’s your favorite BJJ side control submission?