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Shock And Submit Your Opponents With This Sly Kimura Entrance From Turtle
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Shock And Submit Your Opponents With This Sly Kimura Entrance From Turtle

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Kimura From Turtle Guard (Catch Wrestling Style) by Neil Melanson

Who is Neil Melanson? Neil could easily be considered one of the most dangerous men on the planet. Neil was the head coach of the infamous Blackzillians MMA Team and Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym. He has coached some of the best UFC fighters to ever compete to the pinnacle of the sport including Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture, Matt Mitrione and many more. His students have given high praise. Chael Sonnen said, “Neil would slap Rickson Gracie around like it was easy.” Jiu Jitsu black belt and former UFC Champion Vitor Belfort stated that “Neil could triangle anybody in any room.”

Neil boasts a unique education when it comes to grappling.  He began his education at the Hayastan School where he learned techniques from Catch Wrestling, Judo and Sambo from world renowned coaches Gene Lebel and Gokor Chivichyan. His grappling style is a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Catch Wresting and Sambo. He is the living embodiment of the Bruce Lee quote, "Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.”

Beyond his impressive education and grappling abilities, Neil is an extremely capable teacher. He takes a meticulous approach and breaks down the details so that it can be easily understood by even the grappling novice.

Neil is one of the most detailed, thorough, and savage grappling coaches in the game today. Learn the unorthodox secrets of the most notorious grappling coach out there and gain an entirely new perspective on the Kimura and catch all of your training partners

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In this video Melanson explores some options for someone playing turtle if their opponent has a grip around their midsection. From this position, Neil clearly explains how the turtle player has some options for a Kimura. However, the bottom player must be careful to keep his elbows tight. As often is the case in Jiu Jitsu, exposing space in your elbow can lead to trouble. The bottom player secures a grip around his opponents arm. Next he steps up with his leg and cuts an angle to end up in top side mount for an easy kimura finish. One of the brilliant things about Neil’s approach is he teaching moves in a sequence. He often has a 1, 2 punch if the first move fails. This series is no different.  If the bottom play is unable to cut an angle, Melanson states the best course of action is to look away in the opposite direction as the Kimura grip then roll over the shoulder of the side with the Kimura grip. This sequence will also give you top side control for an easy finish. This sequence beautifully explores how to take a position that is inherently disadvantageous and claim a submission.

Many consider Neil Melanson to be a mad scientist of grappling. This sequence is a fine testament to that. His approach is not based on a singular style but a hybrid of many approaches. He is obsessed with independent and free thinkers like Nicola Tesla and his style of grappling is brilliant testament to that.  If you have ever seen Neil’s instructional videos than you certainly understand what we mean. If you have not had the privilege, click on the link below.

Neil Melanson is the man who does everything In Jiu Jitsu a bit different. Yet all the big stars worship him. He has the weirdest yet most effective grappling game you’ve ever seen. Maybe it is from his integration of Catch Wrestling or his years of coaching some of the best MMA and No Gi grapplers in the world. The current Blackzillians MMA Coach Neil Melanson’s Kimura game is more efficient and so much more advanced than any other Kimura system out there. His DVD / on demand series called the Filthy Kimura will completely change how you attack the kimura from everywhere.

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