The Kimura system was one of the first systems I was taught at CF//24 and it highlighted the effectiveness of the CF//24 teaching methods. All steps and rationales for the decisions you make are explained so you can link up all parts of the process logically. It was something I’d lacked before and I think it’s the key to me making sense of BJJ.

The 4 arms positions

The Kimura system, as we’ve been taught it, begins in side control and relies on recognising where your opponent’s far side arm is before progressing.

Your opponent’s arm can be in 4 distinct positions:

  • High and in vision
  • High and hidden
  • Low and in vision
  • Low and hidden

High and low refer to whether it’s between their head and yours, or behind your head.

Hidden or in vision refers to whether their it’s tucked under your arm or stuck between your torsos and not out in the open.

If their hand is in the optimal position of being in front of your head that’s deemed high and in vision.

The Kimura system from LOW and IN VISION

Kimura-Low-Vision White Belt Diary // Kimura System I // Low & Vision

Lazy Boy

As their arm is between your head and their hips, you can isolate the arm by adopting the ‘lazy boy’ position.

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Arm Staple with ‘Hip or Dip’

Then you ‘hip’ i.e. drop your hip to theirs. This allows you to push the hand they have on your hips to the mat and ‘staple’ their arm with your shin by sliding your knee through.

Windshield Wipe

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If their stapled arm is out straight and not wrapped and tight onto you, you can quickly ‘windscreen wiper’ your other leg over to keep it pinned. If they are gripping onto you or keeping their arm pinned to your leg, put some cross face pressure on them and straighten their arm out with the leg you used to staple them before wiping the other leg across.As you windscreen wipe, the leg you’re freeing can come up onto the mat ready for the next stage.

‘Crystal ball’ their head by bringing your arm over their head and pushing it down.

Lift them up by pinning your lazy boy hold on their arm to you and pushing off the mat with the arm you brought over their head.

Step and Wedge

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‘Step and wedge’ keeping your leg pinning their arm to the mat and swinging the other leg round and together to pinch and keep their back/shoulder from returning to the mat. Don’t put this knee to the mat, as you need to ensure you’re pinning their body off the floor.

Swap the arm used to hold the arm extended by lifting and ‘digging’ the other arm across securely. It’s better to have two arms holding their arm than to momentarily have none holding it.

The Kimura

Take the figure 4 grip by holding their wrist with your now free hand and then grabbing onto your forearm with the one you’ve got wrapped around their arm.

Rotate their arm towards their back and ‘go over the mountain’ to ensure you don’t allow them to bring their hand or arm close to their body. Use your elbow on their ribs as a reference to shoot to immediately. Twist slowly and securely from there to complete the submission.