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Eli Knight’s Kimura Attacks, Part Two
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Eli Knight’s Kimura Attacks, Part Two

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Taking up Knight’s discussion of kimuras at 6:27, he next looks at kimura opportunities from the knee on belly position.

After applying pressure, Knight’s teammate responds by trying to push his knee off his belly.  Knight takes advantage of this natural reaction by grabbing his opponent’s pushing wrist with his own right hand.  He then pulls his opponent up onto his side, holding him there by placing his left knee tightly against his back.

Knight next sandwiches his teammate into place with his right knee against his chest.  Then, he shoots his left arm through and locks his figure four grip, completing the kimura by bringing his training partner’s arm up and behind his partner’s back.

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Knight likes this top mounted position because, even if his opponent is resisting the kimura by grabbing his gi or holding on with his other hand, Knight has the option of dropping to his side and going for a leg scissor choke since one leg is behind his opponent’s head while the other is across his neck.

Mount also offers Knight opportunities for kimura submissions.  As his teammate holds on to him, Knight works his way into a high mount position before picking one knee up and planting his foot flat on the mat.  As he picks up his knee, he scoops his partner’s arm up so that it’s in the crook of Knight’s hip. If his opponent has his arms locked around Knight’s torso, Knight makes a frame with his left arm against the neck to push on his opponent and pop his grip open.

Knight then uses his right hand to grab the arm that he was holding with his hip.  He pushes his training partner’s hand toward the floor and—opening space for a moment by lowering his knee—slips his left arm around to lock the figure four and get the kimura.

Another kimura opportunity from mount happens if an opponent tries to use his hand instead of elbows to “elbow escape” out of mount.  Knight takes advantage of that mistake by grabbing that hand. He moves his other arm over his teammate’s head and slips it under his teammate’s arm, connecting his arms in a figure four grip.

Because this position doesn’t afford the space for Knight to finish the submission, he leans over and plants his forehead on the mat.  Next, he brings his right leg over and behind his opponent’s head.

Knight then uses his control over his teammate to roll him over.  He simply rolls onto his left shoulder, bringing his partner with him.  Now that his training partner’s back is facing upward, Knight has all the room he needs to torque the arm and get the tap.

Leaving the mount for a standing position, Knight next demonstrates a diving kimura against a seated opponent.  

This attack is available if Knight sees a space behind/below his opponent’s armpit to slip his own arm.  If he does see a chance, he quickly slips his arm under his opponent’s as he rolls forward on his right shoulder.  As he lands on his back, Knight grabs his opponent’s wrist and locks the figure four grip. At this point, Knight waits for his teammate to attempt to escape and takes his back.  This opens up the needed space for him to torque the arm and get the submission.

Finally, Knight shows us an opportunity for a kimura against a standing opponent.  In this case, his teammate has him in a bear hug. Since Knight’s arms aren’t trapped, he slips his thumbs in against one of his training partner’s arms.  He pushes his partner’s arm down as he brings his hips forward. This makes space that Knight uses to slip his right arm under his teammate’s arm as he grabs his teammate’s wrist.  

Having locked a figure four grip on his partner, Knight turns around to his right and hooks his left foot against his partner’s right knee.  He then kicks him up and over his head. Still holding the figure four grip, Knight pulls his opponent to his side, blocks his back with one knee and sandwiches him in place with the other knee against his chest.

Then, Knight gets the kimura in the same way as when he used this position before.

Ideally, Knight’s demonstration of all of these kimura opportunities will offer something for you to add to your own game.  At the very least, Knight shows us that we should be keeping our eyes open for kimura opportunities no matter what position we find ourselves in as we roll.

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