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This Kimura From Travis Stevens Is Incredibly Effective

This Kimura From Travis Stevens Is Incredibly Effective


Kimura From Side Control Top Position by Travis Stevens

The kimura is one of the most used control techniques and submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as well as all other grappling martial arts. I am sure if you have spent any time on the mats at all you are familiar with the kimura. The concept of the submission is to isolate the shoulder and elbow joints with a double wrist grip. This allows you to apply leverage against both the shoulder and the elbow causing them to submit.

Today we are going to explore a kimura from side control top position by Travis Stevens. This is a pretty common kimura, even one that is often taught at the beginner white belt level. Travis Stevens is a master of the kimura. His list of accolades is long, and he has competed in some of the most prestigious events in Brazilian jiu jitsu against some of the best competitors around. Watch the video below of Travis Stevens demonstrating the kimura from side control top position and then we will break down his technique. Check it out now!

Another one of Travis Stevens best submissions is the wrist lock... and he hits it from everywhere. If you're looking to up your submission game, check out these dirty, dirty wrist locks :)


There are a few important bits to this kimura from side control technique. You want to shoulder punch and create pressure against your training partners head in order to pop his wrist off the collar grip. Make your thumb is up in the arm pit in order to get a tight grip on your training partner’s arm. Take note of how Travis uses his control of the hips using his free arm and knees. They are tight against his training partner, keeping him from bridging and creating space. Travis then starts attacking the kimura with both his opponent’s shoulders on the mat before rolling him on his side, grinding his arm across the chest.

This brutal domination over the arm is what makes this kimura lock extremely effective. The hips, the knees, the use of pressure, and driving are what will get you into that north south position and set up for an effective submission. If you love the kimura then this technique is definitely for you. Just make sure you are as methodical as Travis Stevens when it comes to approaching your technique. Oss!

Did you know that Judo Olympic Silver Medalist, and John Danaher Black Belt thinks that the easiest Submission in BJJ Is Right Under Your Nose and You’re Missing It - The Wrist Lock.

Travis Stevens is widely regarded as one of the best grapplers on the planet, and uses wrist locks as a great equalizer in his training and competition. He uses wrist locks to create openings, as well as submit his opponents - even BJJ black belts - in positions that they would never expect



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