Back Sequence

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Gene "Aranha" Simco.

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

Back Sequence
1. In this frame I (Gene) have already taken my opponent's (Joe) back. I have one arm under his arm, and one arm over is shoulder. He is creating downward pressure on my left arm, so I can not put my hand behind his head to complete the most basic choke from this position. So I have chosen to grab both of his collars (as shown) with one hand just below another, my right hand touching his neck & NO SLACK on the collar around the back of the neck.

*note - My 'hooks' are in, and my ankles ARE NOT CROSSED.

** In Sport Jiu-jitsu the act of 'taking the back' with the hooks in is worth 4 points.

2. To create enough pressure on his neck to complete a choke. I make the 'wring the towel' move with my arms, turning my wrists out, and straightening my arms as I lean back.
3. In this next frame, Joe has removed my left hand from his collar, and trapped my arm under his arm pit.
4. I trap his arm with my left leg, keeping my foot tight to his body & on the floor.
5. Now I can push on the back of his head (or neck - there is more leverage at times on the top of the head), as I pull my right hand to the right to complete another choke.
6. Here is that same choke from the other side. Here I am creating the pressure by sliding my hand down my wrist into the back of his neck. The detail that is hard to see in this frame is that I am getting leverage by turning my left wrist. As soon as my left pinky is tight against his neck, I turn my palm toward his neck. This turning of the wrist and straightening of the arm will create a great deal of pressure without using a lot of strength.

Techniques demonstrated by Gene Simco and Rich Hill. Photography by Adam Weissman. This information was originally published on It is made available on BJJ.Org by the express permission of featured contributor Gene "Aranha" Simco. Downloaded on Wed Jun 26 17:47:53 PDT 2002.
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