Ah, the Kimura from Closed Guard… Many a times the first submission of every BJJ white belt. Hits right into the nostalgia, doesn’t it?
Kimura (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), chicken wing/double wrist lock (catch wrestling), or reverse keylock are terms used to specify a medial keylock known in judo as gyaku ude-garami (reverse arm entanglement) or simply as ude-garami. The application is similar to the americana, except that it is reversed. It needs some space behind the opponent to be effective, and can be applied from the side control or guard. Contrary to the americana, the opponent’s wrist is grabbed with the hand on the same side, and the opposite arm is put behind the opponent’s arm, again grabbing the attacker’s wrist and forming a figure-four
Well, in case you wanted to refresh your memory – or if you’re just starting out with the Gentle Art – then here’s Roy Dean demonstrating the Kimura from Closed Guard:
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