Escape from the Kesa Gatame
"Gravata de porteiro" (Doorkeeper's choke)

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By ClŠudio Moreno and Andres Lenta

Video: AVI [653K] of the technique.

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.

Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 1  You will start with your opponent (opp) holding your arm and neck, position know as "Doorkeeper's Choke" ( see picture). This position is very dangerous, because he is dominating you and at the same time he can submit using his shoulder or submit doing an armbar.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 2  The First thing to do is to pass your hand that is free in front of your opponent's face. Doing this you will diminish the pressure your opponent was doing. Note that the thumb is down - with the arm like that ( see picture ) your lever is stronger so you will be able to push his head up.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 3  After passing your arm in front of your opp face, move your hips out at the same time you push his face up. This is done to create some room, so you can move your leg easily.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 4  Keep moving your hips out and pushing his head up and at the same time try to put your dominated arm in the ground.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 5  When you feel you are out of danger, pass your leg over your opp head. ( see picture )
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 6  Stretch your leg down. When you do that he will probably release his grips and he will get imbalanced, with his head under your leg. With that you will do an invertion and now he will hit his back in the ground.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 7  When his back hits the ground, move the leg that was over his head behind.
Technique of Kesa Gatame - Image 8  After moving your leg behind, move your other leg next to the first one to adjust the imobilization.

This information was originally published on InTheGuard.com, a web site created by James "Calango" Love, Cláudio Moreno, and Felipe Moreno. Page downloaded on Sat Jun 29 22:03:42 PDT 2002.
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