Keenan Cornelius Kimura Trap

Keenan Cornelius Kimura Trap

Keenan Cornelius Kimura Trap

In this post Keenan Cornelius explains his tactics for utilising the Kimura Trap. The Kimura Trap is one of my favourite techniques in BJJ and grappling for self defence.

What is the “Kimura Trap”?

The Kimura is a common term for a “double wrist-lock” or “chicken wing” in catch wrestling. It is also popular in Judo as a “ude-garami” which translates to “arm entanglement”. The Kimura is named after Masahiko Kimura, a famous Japanese judoka and wrestler. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest grapplers of all time. Therefore the technique is referred to as the Kimura due to Masahiko utilising this move to beat Gracie Jiu-Jitsu founder Helio Gracie back in the 1940s.

Since then the technique has evolved into a series of control and submission positions from a variety of starting points. These series are commonly referred to as “Kimura Trap” systems. Personally I have a lot of success with this from bottom half guard. Additionally it is my first choice submission from all of the top pin positions.

Keenan Cornelius Kimura Trap

Check out the introduction to Keenan’s Kimura Trap series. As a result, if you enjoy this you can sign up to Keenan Online for the full series.

Other Kimura Trap resources

If you would like to dive further into the Kimura Trap series of techniques you may also be interested in:

Kimura: Enter the System – John Danaher

John Danaher needs no introduction. The Renzo Gracie black belt releases another BJJ instructional which contains more than 7 hours of content.

Here is a preview of John Danaher demonstrating his version of the Kimura.

The Filthy Kimura – Neil Melanson

Neil Melanson has a style of grappling which is simple yet devastatingly effective. He gives a new perspective to some elements of the Kimura in his latest instructional. Therefore you should give this one a go to add some of Neil’s brutal techniques to your game.

Here is an example of Neil Melanson teaching a Power Kimura. Basically this should give you an idea of what to expect in his instructional.


If you enjoy this kind of content check out some of my other posts such as Keenan’s BJJ Vs Knife Attack or this free instructional by Masakazu Imanari. Additionally you can click here to filter through my posts for technique content.

What are your favourite resources for the Kimura Trap? If you let me know I can add it to the page.

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