Kimura From Side Control Tutorial

Updated on March 26, 2020
revolutionbjj profile image

Andrew Smith is a 3rd-degree BJJ black belt based out of Richmond, VA (Revolution BJJ). He runs BJJ Path, a video tutorial website.


Certain moves in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are "must know" moves. The kimura from side control is surely in this category; matches in sport jiu jitsu are won with this technique from white belt all the way through the highest level black belt competitions, and every day at the gym. Here's a straightforward breakdown and examination of the set up and finish behind this fundamental, essential submission.


Starting from head and arm side control (with your right arm underhooking their arm or controlling their hip low, and your left arm underneath their head), pass your left arm over to the other side of your partner's head. The idea here is to pinch with your left elbow, trapping just above your partner's left elbow, taking care to ensure that you are controlling their arm at their triceps, not over their shoulder. Next, switch your hips to reverse kesa gatame, making sure to use your left arm to block your partner's knee (even in rolling, it's pretty easy to get clocked in the face by a knee!). Isolate their "inside arm" (their left arm in this case) by scraping your hips along the ground and walking them up to your partner's armpit, rendering their most common side control escapes all but useless. Now, thread your left arm through your partner's arm, with your hand beginning to come through on the other side, just above your partner's forearm. Next, grip their wrist with your right hand while grabbing your own right wrist with your left hand. Note: try to use "all five fingers" together, including your thumb, creating a hook of sorts to pull the kimura inward. Drive their hand away from their gi (and away from anything else they might try to grab for no-gi), making a right angle bend in their arm, with their arm away from their body. Finally, switch to modified kesa gatame so that you can step over their head, keeping them from following you as you begin to torque their wrist backward.


A second approach to snag the Kimura from side control is a more reactive approach: that is, allowing your partner to move first, setting a trap for them. Start with 100 Kilos Position, keeping enough weight on your partner so that they have little choice but to go for an underhook and to try to turn in toward you. Once they begin this movement, allow them to get so far as to reach around your waist or leg. While they are grabbing for this, switch your hips so that you can drive them back flat with your right foot. Simultaneously, reach over them with your left arm, once again looking to thread the hand through (the "key" for the kimura). Once you connect your hands with the kimura grip, you can use this in conjunction with the "driver" leg to flatten your partner out. Separate the arm from the body, switch your hips, and step over the head, once again, to get the submission.

Close-in Details

Keep in mind that any time you can get your partner's limbs away from their body, the weaker they generally are. This is a good reason to use a frame to help accomplish this: drop your elbow beside your partner's hips, effectively making your forearm a solid frame so that your partner won't be able to get their hand back in close to their body. You can also see the concept of blocking their head well from this angle; make sure that, as you are torquing their shoulder by first lifting their elbow, then dragging the wrist back, if needed, you are blocking their ability to sit up and follow you by stepping over the head. Note that it's not about hooking close to their head, but rather about inhibiting their ability to follow you by sitting up. This means dropping your knee closer to their head.

Side Control or North/South Kimura?

See results


The kimura from side control must be one of the all-time most used submissions across all platforms where the submission is legal. It's not only high percentage for white belts, but even black belts have a tough time defending if the set up is done properly. These entries are merely the tip of the iceberg as far as kimura set ups go, and there are dozens more options to finish as well. Start with the basics, and all things will evolve over time!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)