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Upgrade Your Kimura Game With These Important Details From Lachlan Giles!

Upgrade Your Kimura Game With These Important Details From Lachlan Giles!


Half Guard Kimura Series - As Seen on EBI 5 (Lachlan Giles)

Who is Lachlan Giles?  He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation.  Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.

Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti.  Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!


Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017.  He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5.  He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.

In this video Lachlan Giles explores the Kimura from bottom half guard. He begins by stating that if your training partner or opponent can get past your legs he can use your Kimura grip to control you and gain the submission. However, this danger can be mitigated by pinning the Kimura against your opponent’s chest. This allows you a greater degree of control and prevents your opponent reversing your attack. If you training partner goes outside of your legs and you have the Kimura pinned to their chest then there are several possible submissions. Each scenario Giles explores is dependent on getting your foot to your training partner’s hip. One option is to go to the north south position and catch the cross side foot on your opponent’s hip.  Lachlan states another option is to turn all the way through to face your opponent. Next he will post on his head and swing his legs over so that one foot is on his opponent’s hips. Giles notes that some grapplers may opt to posture up in an effort to avoid these submissions. By his opponent posture, Giles states that he may be unable to get his foot all the way to his opponent’s hip. To counter this defense he will catch his opponent’s head with his foot and break his opponent’s posture. With this broken posture he is able to get his foot to their hip. Last, Giles explores alternative finishes. Lachlan states that at times the arm bar finish may be a better option. He switches his arm grip and grabs his on hip.  It is an important detail that our feet should be facing our opponent to prevent them from stacking. Well Done Lachlan. I can’t wait to add these details to my game.

This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!



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