Two Popular Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Chokes


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an extremely popular martial art. This exiting grappling game involves the usage of leverage techniques to overcome the opponents. This sport is basically inspired from Judo, an old Japanese martial art. New innovations were brought to this sport by the Gracie family of Brazil. They were the ones who launched the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Some of the choke-holds used by Bjj players are also used by samba players and catch wrestlers. Some of the most popular chokes used in this wonderful sport are:

Rear Naked Choke- This choke is used extensively in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Due to its effectiveness, it is also known as the lion-killer. In order to perform this choke, you have to control the back of your opponent. You should always be in a dominating position with respect to the opponent’s back. You could get stuck in a damaging ankle lock, if you cross your feet inside your opponent’s hips.

The first step is to slide your right hand beneath your opponent’s chin and bring the chin under the crook of your elbow. The second step is to hold your left bicep and keep the thumb tight against your fingers. The next step is to control the head of the opponent by your left hand.

This is how the rear naked choke is accomplished. This choke, if performed effectively prevents the flow of blood to the brain thus rendering the brain unconscious.

Guillotine- This is probably the second most popular Bjj choke-hold. It is different from the rear naked choke as it is conducted from the front side. Mostly this choke-hold is exercised when the opponent attempts the take-down strategy. When your opponent attacks you, you should press your chest towards the back side of his head.

The next step is to slide the right hand beneath the opponent’s chin while trying a headlock. Keep the palm of the left hand against the backside of your right hand. The base of your right thumb should placed in a manner that it controls the opponents windpipe. You have to make sure that his head remains under your control. Increase the pressure on the neck by positioning on legs on the rival’s torso and apply the choke. This choke is extremely painful as it stops the breathing of the opponent.

While applying different chokes, you have to take in to account various factors like the strength of the opponent.


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