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Are You Using Kimuras To Control And Submit? Check Out These Details From Lachlan Giles!

Are You Using Kimuras To Control And Submit? Check Out These Details From Lachlan Giles!



How to control your opponent with the kimura grip: arm bar and back take (Lachlan Giles) 

Who is Lachlan Giles?  He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation.  Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.

Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti.  Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!


Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017.  He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5.  He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.



In this video Lachlan Giles explores how to use the Kimura as method of control in order to set up submissions.  He begins the video by stating the Kimura from side control can be difficult to finish against bigger opponents. Certainly, in those scenarios, it is nice to have other submissions in the arsenal. Lachlan states one crucial component of using the Kimura as a method of control is by creating pressure. This is done by straightening our arms while driving the elbow up. This movement creates a strong wedge that limits the ability of our training partner or opponent to move their arms and consequently their bodies. Giles notes another important detail. We can punch the support hand in a Kimura past our own wrist to create even a stronger wedge. For the control hand, Lachlan states that it is important to have a thumb less grip. Once the mechanics for control has been established, Giles transitions the conversation to discuss submissions. He first addresses the arm bar. Lachlan states that for the arm bar, it is important to stay behind our training partner’s shoulder. Space is always an opportunity to escape. Our placement behind the shoulder is a control of that space. If our opponent rolls away, in an effort to escape in the opposite direction, Lachlan advocates stepping on the far hip. Giles carefully explains that the wedges of the Kimura grip allow us to be lazy on how we step over. We can step over with either the top or bottom side leg first. After stepping over Giles sites on his opponent’s shoulder then falls back for the arm bar. The back take is the second submission that Lachlan explores. He sets up the back take by maintaining wedges while sitting back. Giles states that sitting back is also a great counter if a training partner tries to roll away. Next Lachlan swings his bottom leg in to secure the hook and sits to his bottom side hip. His top leg comes over and he locks up the body triangle. There are many other excellent details in this video. What was your favorite?

This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!




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