Relógio Choke
(clock choke)

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By Cláudio Moreno and Marcos Meirelles

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.

 Your opponent (Marcos) is "turtled" and you have his back to you. Your right knee should be placed between your opponent's left elbow and left knee. Your chest should be on your opponent's back, placing your bodyweight on him for control. Place your left hand under your opponent's neck and get a deep grip (as deep as possible) on his right collar, thumb inside. With your right hand, reach over your opponent's back, and under his arm, and secure a grip on his left collar. Notice that Cláudio is using his left foot for leverage to create even more pressure on his opponent's back.
 Make sure that your left forearm is snug against your opponent's neck or head. Begin walking around to the front of your opponents, and slightly rolling your body to your left as you walk. Make sure that you place all of your body weight on the nape of your opponent's neck, to keep him controlled, and add pressure to the technique.
 You should walk around your opponent until his left shoulder is behind you, as if you are going to sit on his shoulder. Be sure to keep your body weight on the nape of his neck. By the time you reach this point, your opponent should be tapping. If not, he will be sleeping soon.
 Here is a close up detail photo of the proper grip for the classic relógio choke.
The following sequence shows the version of the relógio choke that Wallid Ismail used on Royce Gracie.
 When Wallid got Royce's back, and Royce was turtled, he established his base and put his weight on Royce. With his right hand, he reached over Royce's back and secured a grip on his right sleeve near the wrist. With his left hand, he reached under or in front of Royce's neck and secured a grip on his right collar. In this instance, Wallid also had one hook in to aid in controlling his position. It is very helpful if you can get this hook in. Wallid also used his right foot to add to the pressure he was forcing onto Royce's back.
 Here is where Royce made his biggest mistake. He turned away from the choke at this point. The correct move would be to turn into the choke. Wallid then switched his base by stepping back, keeping his weight on Royce's back, and pulling Royce towards himself, while spreading Royce's right arm away from him. This causes Royce to fall to his side, and breaks down his base.
 In the final step, to apply the pressure, Wallid rolled slightly to his left, and brings his right arm to the other side of Royce's head. He maintains the pressure towards Royce with the left foot, while rolling. This pushes Royce's head to the right, while pulling his collar to the left, and completing the choke.

This information was originally published on, a web site created by James "Calango" Love, Cláudio Moreno, and Felipe Moreno. Page downloaded on Sat Jun 29 20:25:00 PDT 2002.
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