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May 17, 2022,

It looks frightening when applied.

Maybe we’ve watched too many movies where a person is murdered by being choked.

Apparently great acting.

As far as chokes go, in Jiu-Jitsu, applying the rear naked choke, as opposed to say the triangle choke, appears to be very lethal.

In many of our associate Grappling Stars video shoots, we ask that the female submission wrestlers leave that submission hold out. Especially if we don’t have someone at the shoot who is well-trained in martial arts.


When does someone passing out from the choke become close to getting severely injured or worse, dying from it.

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Since the rear naked choke is one of the most effective and basic moves in fully competitive female submission wrestling, if you are a newer female grappler, let’s take a closer look and try and get a better understanding of what it is and how you can learn and eventually master it.

The rear naked choke (RNC) is a chokehold in martial arts applied from an opponent’s back.

The word “naked” in this context suggests that, unlike other strangulation techniques found in jujutsu and judo, this hold does not require the use of a training uniform.

The choke has two variations.

In one version, the attacker’s arm encircles the opponent’s neck and then grabs their own biceps on the other arm and in the second version, the attacker clasps their hands together instead after encircling the opponent’s neck.

Very important to note.

Recent studies have shown that the rear-naked choke takes an average of 8.9 seconds to render an opponent unconscious regardless of the grip that is used.

This variation, also known as Palm to Palm, has the supporting hand clasp the hand of the choking arm, allowing more pressure to be applied to the neck, but losing some of the control of the head.

This alters the choke somewhat so that it is more likely to be applied as an airway-restricting choke or mixed blood and air choke, which results in more pain but a slower choke-out.

As such, this technique is less frequently used at advanced levels in Judo.

Let’s turn a couple of experts who can help with technique.

First, in book form from a master.

The Choke Encyclopedia by Deborah Gracie, photo credit

4th Generation Gracie Family Member and Black Belt Deborah Gracie Reveals Her Devastating Arsenal of Effective Chokes

  • Deborah Gracie has been training since she was  toddler, coming up under the watchful eye of some of the Gracie Family’s most revered names, and receiving her black belt in 2015
  • Deborah’s uncle Helio Gracie is often quoted as saying there are NO tough guys when it comes to chokes and Deborah has assembled an entire library of choking methods that will give your opponents no choice but to tap or face the nap
  • Learn chokes from EVERYWHERE as Gracie shows signature attacks from side control, closed guard, the back, mount, and turtle, to give you a full range of attacking options from multiple positions
  • Combine multiple attacks to up your submission rate as Gracie provides the perfect submission pairings for you to develop an even more dangerous game
  • Master classic attacks like the loop choke, cross collar choke, ezekiel, and the paper cutter, with exceptional details from a long time BJJ practitioner
  • Get the scoop on some of Gracie’s most relied upon techniques like the helicopter choke, shaving choke, the chainsaw, and much more as you recruit new and dangerous skills that will supercharge your submission game.”

The book appears to be very comprehensive and will help you in learning the techniques to increase your skill level and help prevent injuries.

Let’s now turn our attention to a visiting writer with some additional suggestions.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques Revealed – Chokes, Stefan-Holm-Shutterstock-photo-credit-Editorial-use

By Richard N. Clemmons

Due to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu’s rapid growth in popularity worldwide, most martial artists have become familiar with some of the fundamental basic joint locks like the kimura and the armbar. In this article we’ll explore another set of impressive techniques available to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist: chokes.

Chokes are typically used as submission holds in various forms of combat sport and are intended to force the opponent to submit by tapping out or at least to cause the referee to intervene to end the fight. In a real life fight, they are even more effective than in sport competition – applied with skill, and without a referee present, they will render an attacker unconscious in very short order. That’s why military forces and law enforcement have so fully adopted the principles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as their base hand-to-hand combat training regimen. In fact, choke techniques are so instantly effective and dangerous that they are usually prohibited from use even as compliance holds by many civilian law enforcement departments.

The most basic choke technique in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the “Rear Naked Choke.” This is applied when you are completely behind and facing your opponent; one forearm is slipped around the front of the opponents neck, while your other arm grabs your own wrist to apply torque. Often times it is not lack of ability to get oxygen through the windpipe that disables your opponent, but the interruption of blood supply to the brain through one of the carotid arteries. The carotid artery is perhaps the single most important blood supply in the body, and unconsciousness can result even after just a few seconds if this artery is completely pinched by the choke.

Another oft-used BJJ technique is the “Guillotine Choke.” This move is applied to the neck in much the same manner as the Rear Naked Choke, but in this case it is applied while face-to-face with your opponent. A favorite time to attack with the Guillotine choke is when your opponent has ducked his head, either because he just slipped one of your punches or perhaps because he is diving for your legs in an attempt to take you to the ground. The “Guillotine”, named after the French beheading machine, is formed when you use your off-arm to apply torque to the arm wrapped around your opponent’s head, almost as if you are about to remove it from his body. The Guillotine choke has the added advantage of often being applied while still on your feet, so that you can drop your weight into it once the choke is secured for extra force.

Attacking all the time might be fun, but your opponent might have other ideas in mind. In any event BJJ is not just all about offense, in fact the majority of your work should probably be spent on defense. Perhaps even more important than the great attacks described above is knowing how to escape or defend yourself against these attacks. In general the best defense is prevention: keep your chin as close as possible to your chest. Methods of escape from BJJ chokes exist, but they are rather advanced and best left to the teaching of a professional.

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