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The One on One Kimura Attack By Neil Melanson
Neil Melanson’s One on One to Kimura
Neil Melanson is one of the most sought after instructors in the world. He was the head grappling coach for blackzillians and is one of the most talented coaches in the world. Currently he is the Head Grappling coach at Jaco Hybrid Training Center. He is the former Head Grappling coach at both Xtreme Couture Las Vegas and Alliance MMA. Melanson specializes in Catch wrestling, while drawing elements from Judo. He is especially known for his guard work, leg locks and triangle chokes. He has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt).
Throughout his career, the professional fighters Melanson has trained include: Randy Couture, Karo Parisyan, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee, Goran Reljic, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Anthony Johnson, Patrick Cummins and many others.
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
In this video, Neil Melanson demonstrates a killer kimura set up against a defensive opponent who is trying to get into the turtle position and protect their arm. Check out the video below and then we will break it down!
Neil Melanson starts this movement out using what he calls the “one on one wrist ride grip.” Once he secures his opponent with that grip it is a matter of cutting off all escape routes. Instinctively his training partner can only go one direction, the turtle position on his knees and hands. From here Melanson connects to his opponent, controlling his back with his chin – a crucial detail to set yourself up for the transition around the top of his body, dropping his knee on the side of his head. Now he has a lot of control, along with a great angle and the right amount of leverage to pull the torso of his opponent forward, dumping him to his side. When he does this he steps into his training partner’s half guard, still controlling his wrist. From here he grabs the kimura lock and the finish his right there! Awesome stuff!
Melanson is a kimura master. It is a savage submission, even allowing you to control where your opponent’s body goes, setting yourself up for the ability to move around and adjust angles if the guy just will not tap. But remember, without first establishing the one on one wrist ride grip you give your opponent the ability to escape. You want to make sure the only option he has is to get into the defensive turtle position. Remember this one the next time you are on the mats! It could just be the difference between a win and a loss.