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The Power Kimura 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
In this video Melanson explores the details behind the Power Kimura. He starts off in top side mount. The traditional kimura grip is replaced with his hands grabbing his tricep and elbow. Note, it is an important detail that Neil likes the crook of his wrist to go into the crook of the elbow. Space is everything in grappling. Neil explains that the best way to get rid of space is to hug the elbow into your chest. There are several great finishes to the position. Melanson states that it is certainly possible to finish from full mount. However, he suggests the preferred finish is to sit out. Next, he suggests turning your opponents face away from you by grinding your hip across their face. Certainly, pain will draw your opponent’s attention away from any potential escapes. This also provides the additional advantage of head control. By turning your opponents head away from you and potentially misaligning the spine makes it significantly harder to escape. To finish, Melanson suggest an ice pick motion while continuing to manage the space by hugging your body close to the structure. Well done Neil. What a beautiful submission sequence.
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.