Prelminary Defense Cross Collar Choke

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  1. John K December 11, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I’m quite pissed off Henry. I have spent alot of $ on private lessons with black belts and this one technique of caging their arm and gripping their collar when they go for the cross choke could have prevented countless tapouts. Isn’t there a standardization for the governing BJJ body that certain basics need to be taught at different levels? Why didn’t my professor show me this? This isn’t a joke I am quite upset and rightfully so. All the frustration and bad feelings when leaving my lessons could be minimized by these tidbits. I am not sure what to do now. Ask for $ back, is there someone to complain to? Pls advise.

    Dr. John Kiriakatis

    • Henry A December 24, 2016 at 2:49 am

      Unfortunately no, sorry John, there is no set standard for what is taught or the level of detail to which they should be taught, this is one of the things that I noticed as I’ve been traveling all over the world teaching seminars and this is the reason why I decided to start this site is to be able to share everything that I’ve learned over 20 years of teaching and training jiu jitsu

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Sorry for your frustration John but unfortunately the response is common when I teach, there are many black belts that have been training for 15 years or more and I’ve been able to show them details that have improved their Jiu-Jitsu and things they have practised thousands of times. It’s common when Rickson teaches seminars that he teaches the umpa (bridge escape from mount), a technique most people learn within the first week or at least month of training and quite often he’s showing all of the blackberry how to do it in a more efficient manner.

      Watch this video

      What’s sad is Jake who’s a black belt is not even trapping the arm properly, but Rickson wasn’t trying to show him that…

  2. zamy y October 20, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Hi henry, very nice technique thanks a lot.

    I know that from the inside of the close guard, we can also do the Ezekiel Choke. But most of the time pepole don’t teatch it… Say you have to pass instead of going for the kill if it’s there.

    Could you show us the detail to how do it in the Rickson way? :)

    • Henry A October 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

      the Ezekiel choke from inside the closed guard is not always reliable, so that’s why I don’t put a lot of time into applying it or teach it, it’s usually something that works against much lower level opponents or works the first few times then doesn’t work once your opponent is expecting it. There’s too many options to defend and counter, like sweeping or taking the back, that’s why the preference is always get to a dominant position first then finish. Position before Submission.

  3. Jorge S December 26, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Great content Henry as always.

    Is there a concern when you are applying your counter and the person from the bottom stretches you back/away? I assume you will place your body weight forward, but will this be enough to negate the bottom person’s strength with the use of their legs to push you away? I tried this out and I fully committed my weight forward before the person could push me back and it worked well. But I am concerned if they are very strong with their legs and push you back immediately with their legs as your arms are going over his two arms that the choke will be on. Thanks.

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