Passing the Dela Riva Guard and Finishing with the Clock Choke

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 stands in David's guard and David wraps his leg around the outside of Sucuri's right leg and hooks his foot into the inside of the thigh. Here, David holds Sucuri's right gi sleeve with a double handed grip. Sucuri grabs David's gi pants and presses his knuckles into the shin.

Alternate Grip: One handed grip on the sleeve and the other hand grabs behind the ankle.

Sucuri makes sure he has established a good base.

He drops his right elbow down to the inside of his knee. He grabs David's gi pants and as he steps back with his left leg to remove David's foot from the hip, his hand takes David's foot to the floor eliminating one leg.

As Sucuri steps back with his free leg, he immediately grabs the pants leg of David's "hooking" foot.

Roll by taking your shoulder to the floor near his hip.

Sucuri makes sure to maintain his hold on David's gi sleeve and also to hook David's leg as he rolls.

As soon as the roll is completed, Sucuri continues his momentum to control the back position.

As soon as Sucuri establishes the back control he reaches under both of David's arms and grabs both gi lapels and establishes a very tight control.

Sucuri opens his elbows out wide to slide David's arms up towards his head to open a space between his elbows and his knees.

Once Sucuri has this opening established, he slides his knee in. He has his other leg posted out wide for base.

Sucuri drives into David to lift his arm so that he can slide his leg underneath.

Sucuri then hooks David's arm to trap it, preventing any defense from this arm.

Sucuri then slides his hand underneath David's throat.

You can control the position with the choking hand grabbing the gi collar and the other hand securing the arm or the gi lapel.

Sucuri is now in position to perform the "Clock Choke". He has his left hand secured tight into David's gi collar.

Sucuri moves his chest up over the top of David's head and presses his weight down onto it. He places his head on the floor and sprawls his feet out for base and to maintain all of his weight down onto David's head.

Sucuri begins tightening the choke by "walking" around by passing his right leg underneath his left leg.

Sucuri continues to tighten the choke by continuing his "walk" around by stepping back over his right leg with his left. He will continue "walking" around David's head like this until the choke is tightened up enough to gain the submission.

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