This Kimura Attack Is Almost TOO Powerful
Power Kimura by Neil Melanson
Who is Neil Melanson? Neil could easily be considered one of the most dangerous men on the planet. Neil is the head coach of the infamous Blackzillians MMA Team at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center, he has coached some of the best UFC fighters to ever compete to the pinnacle of the sport. Some of the names that he has coached include, Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture, Matt Mitrione, and the list goes on. Neil used to be the head grappling coach at world famous MMA gym, Xtreme Couture and has notably been referred to as the most dangerous man on the planet by several MMA fighters.
The kimura is one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful arm control "systems" in Jiu Jitsu. In fact it would be awesome if bad ass Neil Melanson did a whole DVD series on the kimura itself... oh wait.
Today we are going to take a look at the power kimura by Neil Melanson. The power kimura is an improvisation on the traditional kimura grip. Let’s take a look at Neil’s demonstration in the video below. Watch the video now and then we will break down the technique. Check it out!
The power grip for kimura is a nice tight grip. The pressure in this grip is important. There are advantages to this grip – it is a very strong grip, and you keep the arm bent. Pay attention to Neil as he demonstrates the positioning of his arms to trap his opponent’s arm. What people forget about this grip is that to really lock it you want to hug it into your chest. Once you hug it there is no way your training partner is going to get their arm straight. To get in the submission position Neil Melanson likes to grind away at his opponent. He drops his hips right across his opponent’s face and then drags his body across it. You will see that it takes very little to get the tap.
What I like the most about this power grip kimura is that is it brutal from the very start. By dominating your opponent’s arm and making it uncomfortable the entire time, they are likely going to launch into a desperate struggle to free their arm. It only gets worse as you smash your opponent’s face and pressure around to his other side forcing him to tap. This is a really cool technique by Neil Melanson. Make sure to try this one the next time you are in a live roll! This could be a great way to dominate a tricky opponent who is good at escaping side control.