The infamous “Imanari Roll” is a rolling attack that starts from standing and transitions into a leglock. It can also be used as a takedown if you do not attack the leg lock and instead come on top of your opponent.
This grappling move was named after The Japanese BJJ black belt and MMA fighter Masakazu Imanari because of his usage of them.
Imanari is one of those names who have become more synonymous with a move then with a fighter that popularized them. The imanari roll is one of those versatile moves that change the playing field in a split second.
This doesn’t make Masakazu Imanari any less threatening, most recently he had a great showing at Combat Jiu-Jitsu world:
The Imanari roll can also go wrong sometimes, like this instance where a guy knocked out his opponent when attempting one:
Learn the most infamous leg attack entry in the history of BJJ and all the options, directly from its originator, Masakazu Imanari, in The Imanari Roll And Modern Leg Attacks From Japan by Masakazu Imanari.