White to Blue Belt – The Standing Guillotine

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  1. Manlio S December 17, 2018 at 7:20 am

    if I understand well, u mean the guillotine target/effect as a submission is 90% a matter of hurting/make feel pain on the throat than cutting blood circulation, am I correct????

  2. Jason N December 29, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    I’d also like to know. I feel a lot of throat pressure (near Adam’s apple) instead of the side.

  3. Patrick M April 22, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    In this technique it seems as the guillotine is an air choke, putting the blade against the trachea (larynx) and lifting up, compressing the trachea vs it a blood choke where the hands are pressuring the carotids.

    I am confused as to how we finish the guillotine. Do we seeks to compress the carotids or crush the trachea? Thank you.

  4. Joshua F July 15, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    I believe the goal is the crushing of the trachea. You could potentially kill someone doing this. If their trachea collapses because you have damaged the cartilage that keep it open, it limits air getting in or out. No air, no oxygen, cells die, you die.

  5. Nathan E August 1, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Here is my experience and my two cents on the guillotine. Please disregard this answer if Henry says otherwise. With the guillotine, focusing on knifing the blade of the forearm up into the neck and flaring the elbows actually has the effect of not only crushing into the throat if their head is in the right orientation but also cutting off blood on either side of the neck and putting people to sleep. In fact, people usually go to sleep much much faster than they feel in danger of injury on the throat. There isn’t as much space between the body and arm using this method as you might think.

    The big error people make with the guillotine is over-emphasizing the squeeze and trying to deadlift people’s heads off with hip and back extension instead of shrugging. This often results in people just squeezing their opponent’s head hard and neck cranking them or losing the guillotine completely and letting their opponent’s head pop out of the hold. This will also injure your training partner’s neck much more easily than a good guillotine will.

  6. David G July 4, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Love the detail of thumb position pointing to shoulder!

  7. Wendell L August 31, 2020 at 4:57 am

    Excellent details!

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