Side Mount Choke to Armbar Combination

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Courtesy Rebecca Motte and

Instructor: Luis "Sucuri" Togno

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.

Professor Luis "Sucuri" Togno attempts a basic choke from the side mount position, by sliding his right arm underneath "Snake's" right shoulder and grabbing inside the gi collar with a four fingers inside grip. Sucuri also grabs "Snake's" left gi collar with a thumb inside grip with his left hand.

Notice how snake is already starting to defend the choke by blocking the elbow

Sucuri would apply the choke by dropping his left elbow to the ground, while he stabilizes Snake's gi collar using his right hand. Snake blocks the choke by preventing Sucuri's elbow from coming to the ground.

When Snake blocks the choke, Sucuri changes the grip that he has with his right hand by moving the hold from the gi collar down to Snake's bicep.

while controling the bicep Sucuri then starts to bring his other elbow to the ground... the elbow goes to the ground Sucuri is then able to bring Snakes arm across his body... note that your elbow plays a major part in your base so you don't get rolled over

Sucuri "switches" his hips keeping his weight down on Snake's neck as he prepares to step underneath his right leg with his left leg.

As the arm is being trapped you bring your left knee into his shoulder.... never letting go of the GI collar nor the arm and always keeping your head low and your body weight on your opponent

Detail: Notice that Sucuri's Knee is tight up against Snake's side just under his arm pit

Next Sucuri prepares to take his right knee to Snake's right shoulder, keeping Snake's right arm trapped.

Sucuri has Snake's right arm trapped. Sucuri's bottom knee is press tight against Snake's side underneath his right shoulder. Sucuri's top knee is pressed down on the top of Snake's right shoulder. Notice that Sucuri has maintained his grip on Snake's left gi collar throughout the move.

To finish the armbar you just squeeze your knees and elbow while you lean back

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