See the full review of David Avellan’s “Kimura Trap” System here!
The beautiful thing about the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is that there is always something that you can be doing to help your game at any given moment. Personally, my preferred way of learning is by watching DVD series on certain techniques and setups.
Recently, I began my search for a new series to get a hold of, and devour. What I came across was the Kimura Trap series, concocted by the mind of David Avellan.
Focused on how you can utilize the traditional kimura lock setup for various sequences and techniques, my curiosity peaked because I truly did not know what to expect before I hit the “play” button to watch it.
I love when people take time to share their techniques by way of training DVDs. It goes to show that the old adage of “iron sharpens iron” rings true, especially in the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu community.
With such a unique system, I was excited to learn as much as I could about the Kimura Trap and how I could benefit from it, and how those in the grappling community could benefit from it!
Simply, it did not disappoint.
Easy To Learn With Clear & Direct Instruction
First and foremost going into any DVD series, class, seminar, etc., I look for clear cut direction and control from the person who is doing the bulk of the teaching.
Right off the bat, I knew that this wouldn’t be a concern with Avellan and the Kimura Trap series. Even when he was focusing on things that are deemed “simple” and “basic” such as the traditional kimura lock from bottom guard, he displayed great control on the subject and hand me waiting for what he would say next.
With fantastic instruction, I found myself jotting down notes on how to shift my opponents weight in order to get a better angle on the kimura; little things like that is what can make or break a series.
When someone in any field presents information on a given topic, if they come across as unsure and befuddled, then they are likely to fall flat. However, when they display a clear command for the given topic, not only do they provide some really good detail, they also have those watching feeling that they are getting their money’s worth.
For me, seeing that I run my own academy, I always look for teaching points. How is he explaining this? Is there a certain mistake people make? If I do ‘x’ how does it affect ‘y’?
From the perspective, I didn’t feel cheated as David made sure not to leave any stone unturned in his description of these techniques. Even with some of the more ‘out of the box’ approaches such as the rear naked choke variation, Avellan presented the details in such a way that it seemed as if these unique sequences were common place in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Simply put, if you know what you’re talking about have the confidence that you can deliver, then those who follow your product will be extremely satisfied.
The Practicality Of The Kimura Trap
Given my background in the sport of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I knew going into this series just how important the kimura hold is to the world of grappling. Being one of the very first moves you learned when you began training; the kimura is easily one of the foundational moves of the sport.
That’s why I was very impressed with how well David made it work when discussing his kimura trap and kimura lockdown strategies.
You can tell just by watching any given segment that there is a method to the madness in every technique. Each setup derives directly from the kimura hold; this really impressed me given how well Avellan was able to use the same original setup each time for a unique and effective outcome for each sequence.
Quite often I see new moves or setups where the person going over the move is doing something really over the top, basically just get the “awe factor” from those viewing the clip or in attendance. While it’s alright to look cool while doing a certain move, it doesn’t always translate into effective grappling when the time comes.
Would you rather look cool getting choked out, or put on a display of varied skills and win?
While there are certain techniques—such as defending the takedown—which have some nice flash and flare to them, everything in this series is about substance and usefulness. While watching this series, I felt as if the tools David was teaching were very practical and adaptable to real-life situations, and are very functional for every level of grappling.
Consistency & Continuity Within The Moves
Personally, if there is one thing that will ruin a grappling DVD series for is if the flows of the moves and segments aren’t in conjunction with one another. I have seen series where they discuss hand fighting on the feet, and the next segment is all about attacking from full mount, with no discussion as to how they got there!
It can be easy for those who choose to make DVDs to get excited in their thought process and throw everything out at once in a scattered mess, with little to no resemblance of cohesion between the segments.
Luckily, this wasn’t an issue for Avellan and the Kimura Trap series. The moves were very practical, and worked well with one another. When you analyze them all and break it down, you can see how David made one move work right into the next, and right into the next.
Continuity and flow when trying to learn new techniques is something that is vital for grapplers at any level, especially when watching instructional DVDs. Having to stop and rewind over and over again can cause you to grow frustrated and uninterested in the topic, however, Avellan avoids this issue and made sure everything worked perfectly with one another.