Newer Fem Wrestlers, Learn The Guillotine Choke, Virtually Impossible To Escape, photo credit

May 26, 2022,

It is almost impossible to escape when applied correctly.

Whether you or your opponent are trapped inside of it.

Part of the reason is because you made a mistake and are now down on all fours and they are in front of you and on top of you, applying the Guillotine Choke.

How do you escape? It will be hard because if you lift one of your arms up to try and break the hold, how do you support your body? With one arm?

That leaves you open to be rolled, like a crocodile would, and then you are sure to be submitted.

Today, let us look at the brutal Guillotine Choke, with you applying it and by listening to experts, it will enhance the chances you will not be underneath.

It is always better to be on top.

First off, when we make suggestions, we speak to from experience, which in MMA is limited. Then we refer you to experts who have ample experience.

Just as we often have stated, when you apply the fierce headlock, your body must be on top so that, not only will you have a vice grip on their neck and head, you can use your body as leverage to fall on top of them.

We can’t tell you enough how a lesser experienced Female Submission Wrestler tries applying the headlock even when she is on the bottom or side. If the hold is broken, especially if your opponent is on top, then you are primed to be choked out or submitted with a smother.

Apply headlocks when you are on top.

With the Guillotine Choke, usually you apply that when your opponent has attempted to lunge at you but fell short in whatever hold they were attempting. Now you are primed to be on top of them and apply the Guillotine Choke.

The other situation is, if you have played possum and catch them by surprise, quickly pulling them forward and they are off balance and underneath your chest level.

We have seen the Guillotine Choke applied to perfection in those circumstances.

Time for a structural description., photo credit

The Guillotine Choke, also known as Mae Hadaka Jime, “front naked choke”, compared to a rear naked choke in judo, is a chokehold in martial arts applied from in front of the opponent, often on the ground but can also be done while standing.

The choke involves using the arms to encircle the opponent’s neck in a fashion similar to a guillotine.

The technique is either a type of tracheal compression restraint or wind choke that prevents air flow to the lungs, or a blood choke depending on how and where pressure is applied, the trachea versus arteries respectively.

It can be applied both standing and from the ground, and can be used as a defense against a double leg takedown.

When executed from the ground, the person applying it will try to control the opponent by the hips, for instance using a closed guard.

This is done to prevent the opponent from escaping the hold, and to be able to apply additional pressure by extending the hips. It is a very effective maneuver when performed correctly.

Let’s look a little closer.

The arm is wrapped around the trachea and the hands are clasped.

Pressure is applied upwards to restrict blood flow to the head, eventually causing unconsciousness and, if applied for more time, even death.

As a Female Submission Wrestler, it is extremely important to get training from an expert who runs a martial arts studio or is highly trained in MMA.

Don’t apply the Guillotine Choke in a competitive situation if you have not been trained from a professional.

Remember, in our industry, especially since we generally all know one another, it is vital not to hurt your opponent.

Often ask if they are okay when applying the potentially lethal hold.

If, in any way they appear not to be okay, immediately break the hold.

This is not the military.

Having said that, don’t compete in fear either.

Balance is the key.

The Guillotine Choke is taught in various grappling martial arts and is considered universal to grappling, including Jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, as well as in mixed martial arts competition and exists as one of the most instinctive chokes.

Yes, universal. It is virtually always used when the opportunity presents itself.

Don’t be afraid to apply. Just get exceptional training first.

The Guillotine can be applied either solely around the opponent’s neck or including an arm, with the standard guillotine taking 8.9 seconds to render someone unconscious and an arm-in guillotine taking 10.2 seconds on average.

How are we doing so far?

Time to turn our attention to a visiting writer who can provide a different point of view.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and the Guillotine Choke, guillotine-2022-choke-Cpl.-Joshua-Murray-United-States-Marine-Corps-Wikipedia-photo-credit

By William Allen Yap

The guillotine choke is one of many submission holds in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Chances are, you have seen this countless times during MMA events.

But why do you see it often? The answer is very simple. The opponent gets into the right position that the more skills fighter sees and then executes it properly. This happens every time when that person puts their head outside of the opponents’ body so don’t you think this is worth learning?

There are two types of guillotine choke. There is the blood choke and the air choke. If you apply pressure using your forearm against your opponent’s windpipe, then you achieve an air choke. If this is placed on the arteries of the neck, then you have a blood choke.

In addition to the two types of chokes, you should also know that this can be done while you are standing or on the ground. Most fighters do it while they are standing because of better leverage in this position. If you are on the ground, you have to get your opponent first into a full guard position.

Now it is time to learn how to choke.

Let’s make it simple by starting in a standing position and perform the regular guillotine choke. You have to first pull your opponent’s head down by placing your hand on his neck or by pulling down on his GI so he is facing the ground.

Now put your arm around his neck into a position similar to a headlock. Slide your forearm down under his chin and around his neck making sure that the blade of your forearm is against his neck.

Then grasp the wrist of your choking arm with your free hand. Keep this grip on his neck tightly so that his head is wedged under your arm.

Place one leg slightly forward, stand up straight and twist your hips in the direction of your forward leg whichever you are using to execute this choke.

A more complicated version is the spine locking guillotine choke. Here, you start by bringing your opponent’s head down and wrap your arms around his head which is similar to the regular guillotine choke.

Using your forearm, turn your opponent’s head towards the hand of your choking arm so can put pressure on his spine.

Put your free hand on your opponent’s back on the same side of his head as your free hand. Then grasp the wrist of your planted hand with the hand of your choking arm and lean back.

If executed properly, your opponent has no choice but to surrender. If they don’t, they will become unconscious in the next few seconds. This move is not only used in competition but also in the street so you just have to practice how to do it.

Aside from the guillotine choke, there are other moves in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you can learn and apply in and outside the ring.

After all, this can only be used when you are in front of the opponent. There are ways to subdue them when you are able to go behind them or on their side. You just have to listen to your instructor and watch how these are done so you can spar with someone in order to do it correctly.

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