When it comes to submission defense, let me ask you a question. Do you want to be part of the countering-submission squad or the department of submission prevention?
I believe the later is the best.
I’ve been watching Josh Barnett’s Attacking the guard, and coupled with something I read from SBGi’s Matt Thornton, I’ve been made a big believer in the department of submission prevention. Its the difference between having a fence on the cliff or an ambulance in the valley. Practice shutting down submission techniques the moment the arise – it’s a good habit. Waiting till the submission is set in is the equivalent of the college all-night cram session. Yes, you need to do it sometimes, but why not study attack the problem earlier? It’s a healthier, and more successful.
In this vein, I was thinking about the kimura and how to not let it happen. Below are a few vids that touch on the “shut down as early as possible” theme.
Also check out Gene Simco’s technique (embedding was not allowed) here.
Of course the real way to stop the kimura is to nerf the basing structure of your opponent and always maintain dominant grips – which is to say, stay in control.
I’d like to know your thoughts – how do *you* like to avoid the kimura and escape it if you get caught?