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Seminar, May 8: What is A "Kimura"? What Is An "Americana"?

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What is an "Americana"? What is a "Kimura"?

On Friday, May 8 at our Deerfoot North location, Tyson LaRone from our Edmonton North school will be in Calgary to conduct a Kimura & Americana seminar. It is time to develop a very basic understanding of what these two distinct moves in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are.

Google Definition: A Kimura is

  1. Named after Masahiko Kimura, who used the move to defeat Helio Gracie who was one of the founders of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a Kimura is a double joint armlock, used in many mixed martial arts. This technique applies painful pressure on the opponent's shoulder and is difficult to escape.

Google Definition: An americana* is

  1. The americana, (also known as the figure-four armlock, bent armlock, top wrist lock, V1 armlock, paintbrush, or ude-garami/arm entanglement) is a grappling keylock technique in which both of the practitioner's arms isolate and cause flexion to the shoulder, elbow, and to a lesser extent the wrist of the opponent.

Originally published on April 23, 2015

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