One key of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and grappling in general, is the transition game.
The half-guard and Kimura are both basic. However, when chained together, they can create a whirlwind for your opponent. This is a fundamental truth about combat sports, and perhaps sports in general.
You can create unpredictability with only a few techniques. You don’t need to master all techniques under the sun to be a good grappler in the same way that you don’t need to be a walking dictionary to be a good writer. All you need to understand for either are the principles.
Unpredictability is a principle. It is THE principle that will get you the knockout as well as the submission. On the flipside, however, if you are unpredictable, you’ll find yourself on the canvas, staring at the lights, or in someone else’s chokehold faster than you could say…don’t choke me.
Let’s create some unpredictability: