Ezequiel, Kimura and De La Riva: Origins and Influence

Few people in BJJ can make the claim that a technique was named after them. In fact, only three 

KImura vs Graciepeople are able to make this claim:  Ezequiel Rodrigues Dutra Paraguassu, Masahiko Kimura and Ricardo De La Riva.  

The Ezequiel Choke Origin  Sōde guruma jime, now commonly referred to as the “Ezequiel Choke” was named after Brazilian Judoka Ezequiel Rodrigues Dutra Paraguassu.  The choke which is executed by using the inside of the sleeves for grip, with a forearm on either side of the neck constricting the blood flow.  The choke has been also adapted for no-gi as well.  The story goes that Paraguassu had trouble passing the guard of BJJ practitioners at Carlson Gracie Seniors academy and resorted to applying the ezequiel choke.

The Kimura Submission Origin Ude Garami, the chicken wing, figure four, hammer-lock, key-lock, and now more commonly referred to as the Kimura lock.  This is probably one of the most re-told stories in the short history of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The technique was named after Masahiko Kimura who has been called one of the greatest Judoka of all time.  This video by the Gracie academy re-tells the history and origin of the most famous submission in BJJ.

Ricardo De La Riva and his “Pudding Guard”  You can’t go to a tournament these days and not see the incredible influence that Ricardo De la Riva has made on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  The De La Riva hook, originally called  “guarda pudim” or “pudding guard”.  This seemingly simple hook is used to set up sweeps, submissions and the now popular Berimbolo sweep.  Check out this great video by BJJHacks profiling the history and origin of the De La Riva hook.


The Historical Matchup between Royler Gracie and De La Riva from 1985  (Look for the De La Riva hook)


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