White to Blue Belt – Headlock Defense with Broken Posture

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  1. Jeffery M March 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Love the details of sitting past your heel.

  2. Jonathan H March 14, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Love the details. Thank you. I used to use the similar version from back clinch but then saw a person being taken down unintentionally fall on top of the knee of the straightened leg of the person doing the takedown. Can you please give me your insight on the risk of this happening and how to prevent it? I have seen myself being hesitant to do this as a smaller guy usually wrestling bigger guys and not wanting them to fall on my leg.

    Thank you very much. Loving the principles and techniques!

    • Christian S July 26, 2018 at 5:03 am

      In the rear clinch you’re not directly behind the person but slightly off in an triangular shaped angle to the side of the arm wrapping around the opponent’s pelvis. Your upper body (chest, shoulder, neck area and head) is connected to the back of the opponent allowing your hips to move freely in order to correspond to the opponent’s movement in space and in addtion to that protecting you from taking any damage due to rear elbow strikes to the face. When you step in for the rear takedown as you mentioned you have to keep that initial angle slightly off to the side, while blocking the opponent’s heel with the sole of your foot or sometimes with your leg. The blocking leg is literally straight or even slightly bend. It’s like here in the clip as seen aboive. Don’t pull the guy on top of you while executing the sutemi-waza and do not try to rectract the extended leg. Try to let the opponent fall into the big hole you’ve been creating between the extended blocking leg and your torso. Then you should be fine! Sometimes you can take the modified mount (side-mount) by high stepping or hurdling over in one continuously fashion or taking side-control instead.

  3. Michael A March 16, 2018 at 3:09 am

    Hi Henry.
    I’m having trouble with the lack of sound.

  4. Joseph F March 26, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Is there a reason that at the end one hand bases on one side of the body and the other hand is on the other side of the body? Or is that just where your hands end up naturally?

    • Nathan A December 29, 2019 at 7:20 pm

      It’s where the hands end up naturally, and it helps give you base (not balance) in both directions.

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