I remember up until about purple belt, escaping the kimura from guard was one of the most incredibly frustrating techniques in BJJ for me.
Escapes are incredibely important and are even more important as you go up in the ranks. As you face people with excellent submissions, you begin to learn the intricacies of each position and submission. A great example of alternative escapes can be found in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match between Moraes and Santoro.
BJJ Technique – Kimura Escape
- Turn your thumb towards your head and pull your elbow in to your hip.
- Use your free elbow to push his leg down. With that same side leg, step over so that you are in halfguard.
- Get a seatbelt grip with your arms and pull your chest to his back.
- Lift him off the ground and get both of your hooks in.
This is a great, last moment escape to be used when someone is starting to lock out a kimura on you.
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