Rear Naked Choke

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Michael Jen

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.

  1. Michael places his head on his opponent's left shoulder and reaches around with his right arm. Michael then grabs his own shoulder as far back and as close to his own neck as possible.
  2. Michael then touches his elbows together and, with his palm facing himself, places his left hand behind his opponent's head grabbing his right shoulder. Important Point: Grabbing the bicep and placing the other hand behind the head can make an opponent submit, however, it requires slightly more strength, allows more room for counters to occur, and increases the chance of injuring the opponent’s throat with your forearm.
  3. Once the arms are in place, Michael makes his hands into a fist, flexes the muscles in his arms, squeezes his elbows together, pulls his elbows into his chest, and contracts his upper back muscles. NOTE: When executed properly, this method of applying the choke can be done over your opponent’s jaw even when he he dips his chin down to protect his neck. He will submit as the choke will crush his jaw.

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