The first time I saw this Kimura variation from the north-south position I said to myself, “Yeah right, that’ll never work in a million, billion years!”
And that’s because it looked like you had no control over his body,
But the funny thing was that when I actually started training it then it felt pretty good…
And then I started catching people in it and tapping them out…
And now, years later, it’s one of my very favourite ways to finish the Kimura.
To apply this submission you don’t need to be fast, athletic or powerful (which is why I jokingly call it the lazy, old, fat man Kimura). The critical thing here is to drop all your weight onto his shoulder using the edge of your ribcage which then completely cuts off his arm from the rest of his body.
You don’t actually need any weight on his body – he can thrash around all he wants, but you’ve still got his arm and can still apply the joint lock.
Anyhow, I’m excited to share this submission with you. Trust me, this one works great!
As we get closer and closer to Halloween it’s important to shift your priorities from training jiu-jitsu to surviving the impending zombie apocalypse.
(After all, it’s tough to train jiu-jitsu when you’re dead. Or undead, as the case may be.)
That’s why you’ve got to check out the most important video I’ve ever put onto Youtube: Jiu-Jitsu for the Zombie Apocalypse.
A lot of people will tell you that jiu-jitsu will be useless when the Zombie Apocalypse hits. But those people have an agenda: usually they’re trying to sell you flamethrowers, or have stocks in the big arms companies.
The truth is that the better your jiu-jitsu and grappling skills are, then better your odds become of surviving long enough to get to your arsenal, your giant vehicle, and making it to the safezone.
This video was a lot of fun to make, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t very important stuff in it. Check it out right now and thank me later!
The ultimate goal of BJJ competition is to tap your opponent out, not to win by points. That being said, the point system is still a very important part of the game and you have to understand how to use it!
First of all, the point system in BJJ tournaments generally reflects what would work in a real fight.
For example, its better to be on top than on bottom in a fight, which is why you get 2 points for a guard sweep. It’s better to get past the legs of an opponent which is why you get 3 points for the guard pass. You can hit your opponent harder in kneemount (2 points) or full mount (4 points) than side mount, and the back is the ultimate position for doing unilateral damage to any enemy (4 points).
Secondly, if you get a lot more points than your opponent he may panic, do something stupid, and give you an opening you can use to submit him.
So points are important in BJJ tournaments…
And I recently came across a really cool system for quickly racking up 15 points in competition.
This came from dropping in on my friend Mike Zenga just as he was finishing up training with Robson ‘Mau Mau’ de Lima Rodrigues.
I came in through the basement door in the middle of an all-out dogfight sparring session…
Mike is a big, tall, and skilled black belt, but Mau Mau is a 3 x No Gi Pan Am champion and 1 x World No Gi Champion. Needless top say there was a lot of sweat, scrambles, and even a brand new hole in the wall where Mike had caved it in. Fun times!
As they wound down their training Mike started prodding Mau Mau to share his patented system for getting 15 points in competition. I wasn’t sure what this was, but it sounded good and so I scrambled to get my camera out!
It ended up being some really cool stuff, and I’m glad I can share it with you now. I think this is one of those things you can add to your game quickly and derive some real benefit from.
Here’s the video of Mau Mau’s system for getting a whole bunch of points and putting your opponent into a terrible position. And if you scroll down below the video you’ll get that same system in bulleted form.
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