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  1. CARLOS L January 15, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hello sir, can please clarify if it this choke applied to the windpipe rather than to the carotid arteries? Thanks.

  2. Bao T January 16, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Professor Akins,

    First thank you for sharing your insight. I have a couple of questions, which I hope you can answer.

    1. Is your guillotine technique a neck crank (an attack of the cervical spine) or neck strangulation (an attack on the respiratory system/trachea)?

    2. Can you transfer chin strap hand position into your guillotine grip demonstration? I understand your thumb is aligned under with the opponent’s condylar process of the mandible and your shaft of the radius is against the opponent’s thyroid membrane/thyroepiglotic. But against higher belt it is rare I can get my thumb under their condylar process of the mandible. I can definitely get a chin strap grip tho.

    Thank you in advance…

    Bao Tran

    • Henry A January 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

      It’s an attack on the wind pipe or trachea, besides being extremely painful usually it also creates a little bit of a gag reflex which also prevents air from coming in.

      If you can get the chin strap then it shouldn’t be much harder to the the wrist, what I call blade of the arm in. The whole purpose people use a chin strap is to prevent the opponent from pulling the head out, which is what flaring the elbow out does so no need for chin strap, also when you chin strap the elbow tends to tuck in towards the ribs which changes the ability to lift the wrist up into the trachea.

      Hope that helps

  3. Thomas E January 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    I practiced this yesterday and it worked great. The flared elbow detail is awesome

  4. Jeffrey S January 16, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    I often have problems escaping from the chinstrap version. Is there a standard way to defend?

    • Henry A January 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Yes there are a few different escapes, depends on their grip and how they are applying pressure. I have a couple escapes for standing guillotine coming soon :)

  5. Bj M January 16, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Module 1, Unit 2 – Mind Blown. I do this technique just as you are showing and have great success. What I was so impressed with is the Why? I have had people ask me “how to” do this and I simply say “like this”. I was unable to articulate the process and what makes it so effective. Thanks

    • Henry A January 17, 2017 at 8:50 am

      The “why” is the most important. By understanding the why it helps you to have a deeper understanding of movements in jiu-Jitsu and how you might apply those to other situations and helps student remember the details if they know the reason why they do them.

  6. Bao T January 17, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Professor Akins,

    Thanks for the reply…

  7. Johnny G January 17, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    The elbow flare is brilliant along with the knee pressure you’ve shown in another video when the guard is locked to prevent their body from moving in the way they need to defend/escape. Flare gives the proper angle on the pressure that I was missing now with both these details I don’t see many or any escaping my guillotine, thanks Henry love it!!!

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 7:06 am

      You’re very welcome Johnny, Thank you for supporting and being part of the club!

  8. Andrew W January 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Even the “simple” detail that this is an attack on the trachea is something I had never been explicitly told by any instructor….until now of course! A basic but powerful detail which adds so much more understanding.

  9. David D January 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Loved it!

  10. Michael A January 20, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Great detail on the elbow and the position of the blade of the arm.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:27 am

      Glad you are finding my explanation helpful Michael :)

  11. Danny R January 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Since this variation of the guillotine mainly restricts air, would you say that it is more physically dangerous to your training partner especially the ones that are stubborn and don’t follow that tap early and often philosophy?

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Yes, I suppose, but not any more dangerous then an armlock. In training the responsibility lies with both people, the reason there is tapping in jiu-jitsu is because it is the ultimate defense, anytime we get to uncomfortable anywhere we can tap. So it’s your partners responsibility to protect themself, if they don’t tap then how do you know you are applying the technique correctly? Unfortunately too much ego for some leads to injury and hopefully they learn soon or else they will not have a long career training. One of the things that’s important about learning the martial arts is to let go of the ego, it gets in the way of growth.

      • Danny R January 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Thanks Professor! Yes I’ve felt this guillotine and it’s definitely a tap fast one! Great technique as usual!

  12. Jorge S January 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Great details which I have not seen before. It is traditional taught for the one to throw the hips back and if the momentum of the attacker pushes you back you just finish them from the guard.One might not want to go to the ground in most situations. If you can finish standing
    up, I believe it is safer. Your technique seems a lot cleaner and more direct. In addition, I believe it provides you better protection from a potential groin strike from the attacker. Even though when throwing the hips back there will not be a lot of time for the attacker to strike. And the recurring theme is the connection to the attacker and using less strength and not allowing any openings for the attacker to use. I am just thinking aloud. Thanks.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 5:56 am

      Thanks Jorge! Yes this way solves a lot of issues, the amount of strength used, the head popping out and not falling backward against a charging attacker. Leaning back and falling when they are grabbing the legs is never a good idea on the street, you want to be the one in control if you are going to go to the ground, plus banging the back of your head on cement probably wouldn’t feel too good.

      • Jorge S February 10, 2017 at 2:49 am

        One possible defense to the guillotine is to immediately step in between the legs of the person applying the guillotine, while blocking the knee with two hands. Then throwing yourself back which applies force to the persons arm that are holding you in the guillotine and they fall face first into the ground. Does this method that you display prevent that defense from working since you are sprawling back? Just wondered. Thanks.

        • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

          That defense is typically used for the standing head and arm guillotine, it could possibly work but you’d have to execute fast, because the guillotine without the arm comes on immediately

  13. Johnny G February 3, 2017 at 3:17 am

    I’ve found lately people are panicking early since theyre realizing they can’t posture out, push my arm off and definitely can’t hold their breath since the attack on the trachea is so intense that they tripoding then rolling to their back almost immediately giving me a mounted guillotine. I don’t have much trouble finishing from there with a little arch of the back but sometimes I have to pinch my elbow back to finish and not flare is that ok? Or is there a better way to secure the finish from mount?

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

      I sometimes do the version where I throw my elbow over their shoulder to finish, gives more leverage, but if thats working for you well, keep doing it!

  14. Greg J February 22, 2017 at 6:07 am

    I really love your emphasis on being able to finish chokes with only 5% pressure. It has drastically increased the efficiency and effectiveness of my chokes. I think the biggest benefit to using that mindset (at least for me) it has shown me the chokes that I’m the least effective or efficient at and has showed me what I need to work on most. As always Thanks for the details and the concepts to make the move work for us.

    That explanation of “why” (specifically regarding the mechanics on the finish) for the guillotine is fantastic.

  15. Kevin g February 23, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Awesome details That really maximizes the choke with little effort Thanks for teaching that

  16. Damon B March 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Awesome sir like always. I am really enjoying the concepts you teach and the techniques are amazingly executed. It upsets me that so many of us have leaned watered down brute force jiujitsu. Thank you, for sharing your knowledge.

  17. Keegan Y April 22, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Love the details about flaring the elbow and being able to finish without falling back to Guard. I generally don’t like Guillotines because I had previously usually needed to pull Guard to finish them on better opponents (which is potentially problematic from a Self Defense standpoint or against good top players like wrestlers), but this method seems to solve those problems!

    Awesome information as always Professor!

  18. James W May 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks very much! I am looking forward to working on this. Good details!

  19. Dean V June 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks for this lesson professor Akins… My question is, in a street fighting situation how long would you hold the “bad guy” in this hold?

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