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David Avellan on Common Mistakes in The Kimura Lock

Known for his effective kimura lock series, many view David Avellan as someone who knows a thing or two about the kimura lock setup. Don’t believe us, see him in action!

Recently, I sat down with David and in our talk, we went over what makes the kimura such a great setup, while also shedding light on the common issues people have and the mistakes often made when looking for the hold.

Once we got into the thick of things, David shared plenty of excellent advice for young grapplers—or grapplers of any experience level, for that matter—looking to sure up their kimura game and eliminate any of the potential issues they may face.

With detailed explanations on grips, technique and overall body placement, Avellan was sure to address any and all the possible issues you may encounter while practicing.

Known for his effective kimura lock series, many view David Avellan as someone who knows a thing or two about the kimura lock setup. Don’t believe us, see him in action! Recently, I sat down with David and in our talk, we went over what makes the kimura such a great setup, while also shedding light on the common issues people have and the mistakes often made when looking for the hold. Once we got into the thick of things, David shared plenty of excellent advice for young grapplers—or grapplers of any experience level, for that matter—looking to sure up their kimura game and eliminate any of the potential issues they may face. With detailed explanations on grips, technique and overall body placement, Avellan was sure to address any and all the possible issues you may encounter while practicing.

Proper Gripping Techniques And What To Avoid

During my talk with David, he delved into plenty pertaining to the kimura lock and the kimura trap setup.

At one point we discussed the technique overall, and what to do when trying to lock on the hold, which led to Avellan discussing what not to do when looking for the hold! The first thing he discussed was clear to him: make sure you have proper gripping techniques!

A common mistake that David noted is that when people first start learning the technique, they involve their thumb in the initial part of the hold. This will cause great issues once you look to finish the hold.

Mainly, your opponent will be frantically trying to free their arm, and by having your thumb as part of the grip, you will have a harder time preventing them from escaping the hold.

Ideally, you want to turn their wrist in, which puts them at a disadvantage when looking to escape. If you maintain the improper grip and look to angle their arm, you will put un-needed pressure onto your thumb, forcing you to negate the hold due to the pain.

The proper approach you should take when applying the hold is to make sure that your thumb is next to your pointer finger. This will allow you to turn their wrist, which puts their arm at an awkward angle, making their desired escape that much more difficult.

Avellan calls this process obtaining the motorcycle grip, due to the similarities of this movement, and revving a motorcycle handle.

Knowing Which Angles To Attack And From What Position

Outside of having trouble with the original grip of the hold, David noted that it’s quite common to see people improperly position their body while going for the hold.

First, Avellan pointed out that when looking to apply the kimura lock, people stay in guard for too long. Staying squared up with their opponent, the offensive grappler tends to find their kimura attempt lost, as their body positioning allows their opponent to negate any kind of attack be escaping or impeding upon the offensive maneuver.

David had this problem himself against a member of the Gracie family. He recalled being stuck in guard, and neglected to advance his position or alter his stance, allowing himself to be trapped in a figure-four lock. This kept him stuck in position, stalling any type of attack.

However, working form the guard isn’t a total dead end if you know how to properly angle your body. Avellan suggests getting roughly a 90-degree angle from the body, while looking for the hold. While doing this, it’s vital to remember that you want to keep their elbow placed on your chest. This will keep their arm pinned in place, making sure they can’t break out of any possible kimura locks.

After discussing the troubles one can face while working for the kimura in the guard position, David noted that the best position you can attempt a kimura from is from side control. This positioning will allow you to keep your opponent right where you want him, while also giving you the best opportunity to add leverage, torque and pressure to the hold, getting the quickest submission possible.

Like any good technique and setup, the kimura lock presents a few challenges if you aren’t careful. Being able to see these potential roadblocks and work around them is something any good grappler must overcome, in order to become more consistent with the hold.

Just keep practicing and plugging away, and soon, these kimura setup issues will be a thing of the past! If you’re interested in David Avellan’s methodology and further insight on getting moves down fell free to look at another article we wrote!

Dan Faggella

\The FanPosts are solely the subjective opinions of Bloody Elbow readers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Bloody Elbow editors or staff.

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