Japanese legend Shinya Aoki is the former ONE Lightweight World Champion and one of the most highly-skilled Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners in the world. So when he shows you how to execute a submission, you better be listening.
Nicknamed “Tobikan Judan” which in Japanese loosely translates to “The Grandmaster of Flying Submissions”, Aoki is a well-known figure in the martial arts world who is recognized for his technical grappling skill. He is a multiple-time grappling world champion, and is widely-considered one of the most talented grapplers in all of MMA.
One of Aoki’s signature moves is the flying kneebar. In this video, Aoki demonstrates how to properly execute the move. Of course, only try this if you know what you’re doing. Do not try this at home.
Shinya Aoki is a grappling superstar and Japanese martial arts legend
Start with a right overhook with your left hand controlling your opponent’s free arm. Step to the side, open up and place your left foot in between your opponent’s legs as if you were going to do a judo throw. Instead, post your left hand on the floor and use it to jump and scissor your opponent’s legs to get them to the ground.
When they fall down, hold your opponent’s left leg in the middle of your elbow. Squeeze your legs and cross your feet to secure the submission. Then, hold your opponent’s left foot, pull it towards you, and squeeze your legs at the same time. This completes the kneebar submission.
The flying kneebar requires perfect timing and good control, especially when you attempt the scissor sweep.
Aoki demonstrates a sick flying kneebar
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