Crazy Kimura Finish By Fabio Holanda
Crazy Kimura Finish by Fabio Holanda
Fabio Holanda is one of the main Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitors with Brazilian Top Team as well as the owner of BTT Montreal in Canada. Fabio has a very impressive career in Brazilian jiu jitsu and today he is here to demonstrate how he likes to finish the kimura from side control. The kimura is a very powerful submission that is versatile and can be hit from many different positions and transitions. If there is one position Fabio is known for it is the kimura. He is so well known for it that Fabio has even taught the kimura to a lot of high level MMA competitors, including the likes of world famous George St. Pierre. Needless to say, Fabio Holanda is the right guy to learn the kimura from.
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Watch this video of Fabio Holanda’s crazy kimura finish and then we will break down his technique below.
Fabio Holanda starts this kimura from a standing position. In this case your opponent tries to shoot a double leg take down. The first thing Fabio does is sprawl on his opponent with his legs back, his hips pressed against the shoulders and he is using all his body weight for pressure. From here Fabio brings his arm across his training partner’s back to grab an opposite side over hook and establish his kimura lock. Before he sets the kimura lock he first grabs his own thigh with his hand. Then he secures his opponents wrist and locks up the kimura grip. In most cases, your training partner is going to try and counter this by circling to your back. This is actually okay, because you still have the kimura which means you still have the dominant control over your opponent even though he has taken your back. Now Fabio Holand places his right leg between his training partner’s legs. This allows him to trap his training partner’s leg with both of his legs. Fabio sits to the opposite side that he has the kimura lock on. At the same time his leg goes between his training partner’s legs as he turns his back and goes flat on the mat. Now he places his other leg up and over his training partner’s back. This is to prevent him from rolling out of the kimura. Keep in mind that this is a very important detail. If you forget to do this you will lose all of your positioning and will end up in a scramble. Once you have your leg controlling your opponent’s hips you can finish the kimura.
One interesting thing I noticed about this technique is how similar it is to omoplata, which makes sense because it is really the same move as the kimura, only using your legs. But you will notice Fabio ends up on the side of his training partner, facing the opposite direction you would to finish the omoplata. The arm mechanics of the submission are exactly the same, as well as the same need to control the hips to prevent your training partner from countering out of the submission by doing a forward roll.
There are some key components to making this kimura work for you. First, the sprawl is essential. Sprawling is a whole topic in and of itself. There are many different philosophies on what makes a good sprawl but the three essential things are timing, getting your legs back, and using your body weight to pressure. The pressure keeps your training partner from posturing up while you set up the kimura. This leaves your training partner with virtually no other choice than to go for your back. Ultimately, when you only give your opponent one route you control what direction the fight goes. In any other circumstance, letting your training partner take your back is a very bad idea. It is one of the hardest positions to defend against. But in this case it is a false sense of security for your training partner, because they are not really able to do anything so long as you maintain the kimura lock.
If you struggle with double leg take downs and love to do kimuras this technique is probably for you. I recommend starting finding a training partner about your size who is good at shooting double legs and start slow to see if you can nail this kimura. It could just be a great new trick in your arsenal. I hope you found this useful. Thank you Fabio Holanda for demonstrating this crazy kimura finish!