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Kimura from Bottom Turtle

The next situation we covered was attacking the Kimura from the bottom turtle position. This is not a great spot to be hunting for Kimuras, especially for beginners. But, if you have a particular set of skills like me, then it can be a great place to catch Kimuras.

The first key is to make sure you keep your opponent’s hands under your arms. If at any point they come over your shoulders, like a seat belt grip, you have to abandon the hunt for the Kimura. However, if you can keep them locking hands underneath your arms by moving, hitting a hip heist or switch, then it gives you time to setup a Kimura.

The second key is to not let your head touch the ground. If you are face first eating the mat, you won’t have the leverage to rip the Kimura, and your opponent can break your grips using their knees.


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