With Brock Lesnar's reemergence into the WWE after a four year stint in the UFC, we've gotten to see a bit of a blast from the past and a peek at the future. He started off his first appearance back with his signature F5 of John Cena, and now, just a little over a week ago, he has reportedly broken the arm of Triple H with the newest trick in his bag of magic, a kimura lock.
In the initial WWE article, immediately following the incident with Triple H, more than 700 comments were logged and fans around the globe have expressed a wide spectrum of emotions for the technique, ranging from crazed appreciation to disgust that such a dangerous move be allowed in professional wrestling. There are even a few that call for the immediate arrest and banishment of Lesnar from the organization.
In an effort to educate fans, Rener and Ryron Gracie have broken down the move for the WWE website, complete with a a custom video. I can't help but be excited by this. It makes me extraordinarily happy to see BJJ intersect with pro wrestling, being that I'm a huge fan of both.
Rener Gracie gives a little history and explains the technique saying,
The hold goes as far back as early Japanese jiu-jitsu and judo," Gracie said. "People even trace Japanese jiu-jitsu back further to India thousands of years ago. So it has been around forever. It's only recently becoming very popular because of its successful use by professional fighters.
The Kimura is a shoulder lock, originally a Japanese arm lock called the Reverse Ude Garami, which means the reverse arm entanglement," he added. "A lot of people know the Key Lock. It's an inverted version of that.
Gracie tells the legendary story of when his grandfather, Helio, fought Masahiko Kimura in 1951, in the first ever BJJ world championship match held outside of Japan. Helio, who was outweighed by Kimura by about 80 pounds, managed to gut it out for 13 minutes before Kimura got the hold locked on. Older brother, Carlos, feared serious injury, and ended up throwing in the towel. To show respect, and to honor the Japanese champion, Helio named the technique the "kimura", and that is the name that has stuck, for over 60 years.
Rener goes on to explain how devastating the lock can be, and cites the Mir/Nogueira fight, where Mir ended up snapping Nogueira's arm. He says,
It goes to show how serious the move is. Even though you might feel the pain and you might not want to tap, you have to. Because if you don't, you're going to pay for it. We always say at the Gracie Academy, recovery time from that lock is six days if you tap, six months if you don't.
Here is the official Gracie Breakdown of that fight:
The full kimura lock technique can be found in Lesson 25 on the Gracie University site
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