Monday, June 13, 2005

BJJ Move #13: Kimura (a/k/a chickenwing) Shoulderlock from Guard

An easy-to-apply shoulderlock from the guard.
You can apply this move from almost every position, including standing. Even when you can't apply the lock, it is also an excellent hold for control.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Kimura (a/k/a chickenwing) Shoulderlock from Guard:


1) Your opponent bases out with a hand (in this example, his left) on the ground below one of your arms. Or, really, any time his hand goes to the ground.

2) Your (left) arm is to the right of his head, like when trying the “up and over” sweep with your left hand or the guillotine choke with your left arm.

3) You pull your opponent in with your legs, breaking his posture, and he posts his hands on the ground.

Grab his left wrist with your right hand, your thumb pointing up towards his elbow.
Then, twisting your trunk to the right and opening your legs, reach your left arm over his left upper arm, and back underneath his left forearm to grab the top of your own right wrist (t-stack). You will prop yourself onto your right elbow as you sit up into his left arm.
Fall to your back and close your guard again.
Bend his arm 90 degrees at the elbow (for a tighter lock). Keep your own right elbow and his upper arm pinned to your ribs (for greater leverage and a tighter lock).
Unlock your feet and hip out to the right, turning his shoulder. Move your right leg up to over his back, as if to pin his left scapula; this will help immobilize his shoulders so he can’t shrug away from the lock by turning his shoulders, and keep him from somersaulting over and escaping the lock.
To apply the shoulderlock: Turn your head and shoulders towards your left (for more power), keep his upper arm pinned to your chest—don’t wrench his arm around with your hands— and keep his elbow bent at ninety degrees. Move his left hand toward his left ear.

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