Mind Blown Module 1 Chokes Q&A

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  1. Neal W February 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    What to do when someone gets hands inside to defend standing guillotine.

  2. Jeremy B February 17, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    When in the mount and a guy is defending the lapel to no prevail and you are unable to shift your knee up to attack an arm, what would you go to? I guess a simpler question is — what is your highest percentage mount attack?

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:39 am

      From regular mount it’s a tie between cross collar choke and arm bar, but I threaten with the hammer fist choke and americana a lot also

  3. Jimmy C February 18, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Hi Henry,

    In Unit 4, you talk about not tucking the chin as a defense for the RNC. What is the proper defense for the RNC, and what is the hidden detail behind how you were able to resist a fully sunk-in RNC in your demonstration?


    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:32 pm

      Question answered at :40

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:38 am

      The secret was he wasn’t applying the choke correctly so I wasn’t going to tap to discomfort :)

  4. George H February 18, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Hi Henry, I have a question on the triangle choke in unit 12. Being a Black Belt, I’m pretty solid on the details of it, but am looking for your opinion on one thing. When you say in the video to bring your knees together, I ask which angle? For example, I’ll clarify what I mean, say your triangle is locked in on the opponent, and all angles are in place, what muscles are you engaging to bring your knees together?…are you using your inner leg abductor muscles(thigh master muscles), which would kind of scissor your legs, or are you using more of glute/hamstring muscles of the the leg that is on resting the neck, which would kind of “saw” your legs in a type of violin movement/direction? Either way usually works for me, but was curious as to your opinion. I’ve played with both, and the “saw” way seems harder to pull off, but provides a stronger, tighter squeeze due to the larger muscle group.

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Question answered at: 2:55

  5. David L February 18, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Hi Henry, you had recently mentioned that using the traditional seatbelt grip to control the back is a setup for failure. I feel that with the seatbelt grip, I feel my hands are pretty much in the position I need to feed the collar for the bow and arrow choke. I understand that the seatbelt would make it difficult to attack a RNC, but does the same also apply to bow and arrow choke? Also could you show some ways to attack the RNC to get the arms in the right position around the neck. I find myself in back mount often, but tend to finish with bow and arrow since it seems easier, at least with a gi. Thanks!

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:33 pm

      Question answered at: 4:32

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Seat belt is ok if you’re going for bow and arrow but if you dont have the grip already then sometimes its easier to get the grip with 2 arms over, then going back to the seat belt grip to finish

  6. Jan G February 18, 2017 at 8:46 am

    How Important is your own breathing for the Chokes?

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:34 pm

      Question answered at: 7:00

  7. Jonathan G February 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Hi Henry,
    Great info on finishing the RNC once it’s locked in.
    But sometimes they kill the choke before my arms are locked together. They pull down on the choking arm, breaking connection with their neck and also preventing me from locking my arms together. I have this idea to switch choking arms, but that doesn’t always solve the problem since they are still controlling the other arm, preventing me from locking in the choke.
    What can I do to avoid or defeat the hand fighting?

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:35 pm

      Question answered at: 8:03

  8. Daniel M February 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Dear Henry,
    do you try the bow-and-arrow-choke even if the shin is tucked? If so, does the grip change in any way? Same question for the cross-colar-choke.

    Thanks in advance and greetings from Germany,

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

      Question answered at: 11:22

  9. Stamatios T February 18, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Hi Henry, my question is regarding the bow and arrow choke. If i have the grip, but my opponent tucks in his chin, how do i lift his chin up to get my wrist under his chin and be able to finish the choke? Thank you.

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Question answered at: 14:12

  10. Jeffrey B February 18, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    In the cross collar Q&A video, you mention ways to bait the opponent to move in a way that opens your attack with the second hand (over or under) as he attempts to pass. This seems far more effective than the predictable set ups that I’ve been attempting; any set ups to other chokes in this section would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • scott n February 27, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Question answered at: 14:44

  11. Morgan M February 18, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Hello Henry do you have any tips for finishing the triangle if you have shorter/stubby legs? Thanks.

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Question answered at: 15:39

  12. Juan M February 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    How can I setup the guillotine from guard?

    How can I setup and finish arm in guillotines? How are they different from normal guillotines?

    Any details on finishing arm triangles? D’arce/brabo chokes? Anaconda? Peruvian neckties? Just focus on same principles of connection, direction of 3 pressures and weight distribution to minimize effort as in triangle choke?

    Setups and hand fighting principles for cross chokes from guard and mount?

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Question answered at: 18:04

  13. Foren S February 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Hi Prof, I’m having difficulties finishing the bow and arrow choke against a bigger and stronger opponent. i can’t turn and pull my shoulder properly when my opponent is defending like you showed on the video. and i was like losing my grip. my V shape hand and his neck is always losing connection as he pull my hand toward his stomach. in short, i can’t make my hand like a string cause in the end i’m using my strength to finish the choke (which is of course he can defend using his stronger arm). what did i do wrong, and/or what did i miss? thanks a lot prof. oss!

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Question answered at: 21:26

  14. Kenneth B February 19, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    On the bow and arrow choke the advanced guys in the gym are grabbing the gi and pulling it away and also bridging up to add more pressure. With the other hand they re grabbing my grip and pulling it away so I can’t adjust

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:33 am

      Question answered at: 25:38

  15. Eric S February 19, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Hi Henry, regarding the cross collar choke, I understand that the angle of our wrists against the opponents neck would be the same whether we are attacking from the bottom in guard or from the top in mount. Does anything change if we attack the choke starting from knee on belly and then transitioning to cross side for the finish? In that version we end up finishing perpendicular to our opponent rather than straight on, so I am wondering whether any adjustments need to be made for what our wrists are doing. Thanks for all your help!

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Question answered at: 28:04

  16. Jeffrey S February 19, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hi Henry, Regarding the cross collar choke series, I am still having trouble getting the second hand deep enough( the under version). Any way to bait the opponent from blocking the second hand coming in? I like the car jack version you had in one of your previous video series. Is there a way to break his posture easily so his hands aren’t so focused on the cross grip? What about sitting up and bringing myself closer to him so I can sneak it in better?

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Question answered at: 34:34

  17. Jonathan G February 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Henry, sorry but this is a very basic question about collar choke. Can you clarify what is going on with the wrist motion out to the sides when finishing the choke? Because if my forearms are in a fixed position, I don’t see how outward wrist motion adds pressure unless the elbows flare out too. I’ve seen Roger say to do this with the wrist too so I started doing it but it’s out of blind faith rather than any understanding why it helps. Thanks!

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:34 am

      Question answered at: 38:30

  18. frank s February 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Henry, I’m still having trouble getting the second grip on the cross collar choke (over, under and the variations you showed). I was recently in a tournament and got to the closed guard, I fed the first hand in without too much trouble but when it came to the second hand I could not get the forearm connected to my opponent’s neck or my grip fed to finish. I think looking back at it I wasn’t using my legs to pull them in enough and I was also focusing on leading with the grip of my hand on the over variation too much, and not connecting my forearm to them then making whatever grip I could. My opponent was keeping his shoulders shrugged and with one hand he defended my hand and the other he was posting on my elbow of the hand I needed to land to get the choke.

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Question answered at: 39:17

  19. Mohamad H February 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    When being stacked in the triangle, do i pull in & bring my knees together for the finish?
    The other question is, sometimes people counter the triangle by placing thier palm against my lower rib to create a “frame”, is there a counter for that?

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:28 am

      If the triangle is locked in then yes… never seen palm against lower rib, is there a way to clear the frame? you do have 2 arms free…

  20. scott f February 19, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Love to hear about setting up RNC and maintaining back mount no gi as I work with mms fighters. Love how you make most of this applicable to No Gi.

    I like the no seat belt idea to attack but have hard time stopping them
    1)from getting shoulders to Mat
    2)getting my hook leg on floor and getting their hips on it then past it
    3) stopping My attach by getting two hands on my wrist and either stopping my attacks or using it go escape in conjunction with option 1 or 2.

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

      There will be some videos for this in the future :)

  21. Jeff W February 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm


    First off, thanks for the live Q & A feature. These modules by themselves are a great value, but the personal touch really puts this service over the top and makes it unique. I commend you Sir…oops…uh…I mean Henry. *ha, ha*


    1) On north south choke…played around with this a bit…and thinking the thumb on the choking arm is pointing to the sky like a guillotine?

    2) On cross-collar choke from guard do you start applying wrist pressure before pulling them in with your legs and arms? I feel like I can get good pressure and easy tap with straight arms and wrist flexion (as drilled & discussed), but lose some connection when I start pulling my training partner in. Could probably figure this out on my own, but maybe you could offer a tip or two about preserving neck connection once you start pulling them in. Maybe it’s an issue with my elbow angle?

    3) Slightly off topic, but if you get time can you briefly cover attacking the rear naked choke with two arms as opposed to one (seat belt/harness) as discussed in the Kron vs. Tonnon breakdown.

    Any and all help is appreciated!

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Question answered at: 45:10

  22. scott f February 19, 2017 at 10:43 pm


    love to know Henry how you handle when you set up guillotine from bottom in open guard and the opponent either
    1) “gator rolls” and gets back to mat,(i know I’m supposed to follow to mount but not sure best way)
    2) they try and hop over leg that leads to side control escape.

    closed guard
    1) big strong guys have got on legs and drove into me really hard. I grab and pinch with my legs to pull them away, while it does stop their momentum I can’t get push away to get sub


    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:23 am

      hey Scott, for the roll, yes you should try to follow to mount but like all things in training, it doesn’t work every time. If they hop over the leg to try to get to side control they will usually always hop to the opposite side of the head, so I post my hand on that side while still maintaining my grip on the neck and follow them or scoot my hips back and around to follow and catch them.

      for the guard situation, try climbing the legs higher up the back, then pinch knees together and stretch aways.

  23. Michael W February 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Henry! What are your favorite chokes to use from Module 1?

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Hmm not really any favorites, I use them all, they are all situational. But I have a very high rate of finishing with the cross collar because it can be applied from mount, guard and cross side.

  24. joseph e February 19, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    When I have one of my trianing partners in a guillotine on the ground he does this ridiculous gator roll while I have his neck wrapped and ends up flat on his back but out of my choke. How do you stay glued to the opponent while using this choke on the ground to prevent escapes from rolling or other desperate escapes?


    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:35 am

      Question answered at: 47:30

  25. Max L February 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    This question has to do with the bow and arrow choke from side mount. You talk about sitting into your opponent while turning away to finish the choke. Is that the same way you engage your hips for the gift wrap in side mount, or is it a different pressure?

    Also, when I transition to side mount, people are starting to realize what I’m doing and quickly turn their shoulders back to the mat. Can you give any tips on hip placement and pressure to prevent this turn?


    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Question answered at: 49:43

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:15 am

      As for the hip pressure for the bow and arrow, I sit into them so I use my butt as a brace against them so when I turn my body and pull back with my shoulder they cannot follow me or move to relieve pressure. From side mount if they go back flat to their back then I just return to normal mount with both knees on the ground. Our opponent will constantly be moving to try to get out, we need to be consantly adapting to prevent their escapes.

  26. Paul W February 19, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Henry I saw something in the thread about how analyze the different position and submission with drilling etc Could you expand on drilling and how to get the feel for the different situations?

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:36 am

      Question answered at: 50:40

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Hey Paul, for starters I’m huge on positional training and also closing my eyes while training to give me much more awareness of “feel”, sensitivity. Try doing some positional training with your eyes closed

  27. Kenton M February 19, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    What are you favorite set ups for the triangle choke? Are you going to be covering setups for some of these chokes later on or is this too broad a subject? Thank you!

    • scott n February 28, 2017 at 12:37 am

      Question answered at: 54:12

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

      I will be covering set ups eventually but not sure if it will be in this course or not, i have a TON of info I want to share here on every facet of jiu-jitsu. Especially concepts and strategy, which I feel is more important than any one technique

  28. jesper s February 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Henry!

    How to get a good connection with the knee in your triangle choke from closed guard? A good connection helps getting the hips up and kind of haning with the back of the knee over the neck. Thanx in advace

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Lift your hips up when shooting a triangle and shift the hips to the side to get a good bite, its a very similar hip movement to the arm bar from guard.

  29. Jorge S March 6, 2017 at 5:36 am

    Some schools teach to defend attacks from the back by having one arm tight around one’s ear and the top of the head. The arm forms an L shape which prevents anything from getting in from behind the neck. While the other hand is waiting to catch anything attempting to get in from the open side. Have you seen this defense and what do you think about it?

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