Escaping the Kimura to Backmount

by Tom Reynolds on February 1, 2011

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

  1. Turn your thumb towards your head and pull your elbow in to your hip.
  2. Use your free elbow to push his leg down.  With that same side leg, step over so that you are in halfguard.
  3. Get a seatbelt grip with your arms and pull your chest to his back.
  4. 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.

Let me know what you think below!

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  • vince

    Dude, slow that down and show another angle or two, wouldja?

  • Eric

    I need some more work in the video editing department.

    I tried adding a second angle at the beginning, but it didn’t show up as well as I’d like.

    I’ll work on it for next time.

  • vince

    Thanks, man. I liked the technique and wanted to make sure I was catching all of it.

    I really like the new website, Eric. Thanks for doing it.

    • Eric

      It’s a nice one, especially if you turn your thumb in.

      That’s the detail that I tried, unsuccessfully, to hone in on with that angle change.

      Thanks for the feedback Vince.

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