Kimura is a two-jointed arm lock. It is a mixed martial arts technique. The Kimura wristlock is a highly powerful and successful submission tactic. Because of its power and effectiveness, it is used frequently in MMA competition.
Also known as the "Japanese armlock", the Kimura starts with the attacker sitting on the ground with their opponent's head in their lap. The attacker's shoulder blade must be against the mat at all times while maintaining control of the head. Once this is done, the attacker rolls over so that they are facing the opposite direction. They then use their free hand to grab the back of the neck or hair of their victim and pull hard to bring them back towards them.
This attack can cause immense pain and damage to the spinal cord and brain if applied correctly. However, if applied incorrectly, it can also cause serious injury to the attacker themselves. Therefore, this move should only be attempted by experienced fighters who know how to protect themselves from possible injuries.
The Kimura was first popularized by Genshekimura, a Japanese wrestler. Although he never competed in MMA, the Kimura was widely adopted by other wrestlers because of its effectiveness in traditional wrestling.
The goal of the Kimura Arm Lock is to seize control of your opponent's arm. The application of the hold is rather easy. You begin by wrapping your arm around your opponent's arm. Then, using your other arm, grip your own wrist. You grip your opponent's wrist with your free hand. Now you can pull his or her arm down toward their chest or up toward their face.
There are two types of Kimura arm locks: the front head lock and the rear-head lock. In both cases, you need to be able to grasp your opponent's wrist with one hand while holding on with the other. If you can do this, then you are able to apply the Kimura arm lock.
In order to release the hold, simply move your locked arm in a circular motion. This will break the arm lock.
If an attacker applies a Kimura arm lock to you, there are several things you can do to escape from it. The first thing you should do is figure out which type of lock was applied. Only then can you choose the right method for escaping from it.
For example, if a rear-head lock was applied to you, then you should try to push away from the attacker to get loose.
It is important to understand that someone can apply a Kimura arm lock to you even if they have no weapon.
Helio Gracie and Masahiko Kimura squared off on October 23, 1951, in three ten-minute rounds. Kimura beat Helio Gracie in the second round with a technique known at the time as "(gyaku=reverse) ude-garami." From then on, the lock was known as the "Kimura" in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The two men later met again in the main event of the first World Jiu Jitsu Championship in 1953. This time it was Kimura who took home the gold.
He had also beaten Gracie's brother Roger in their first encounter. And again in the final match of the tournament.
Thus Kimura became the first person to win the championship twice. He went on to win it a third time in 1955, making him the only person ever to win it three times.
After retiring from competition, Kimura continued to promote his style of submission-based grappling across Japan. He also brought his sport to America in 1963, where he formed the New York City-based International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation. He eventually settled in California, where he taught until his death in 2007 at the age of 91.
Kimura's students include former UFC champions Matt Hughes and Renzo Gracie, as well as current champions Ralek Gracie, Roger Gracie, and Joao Miyao.