Q&A Bow and Arrow Choke from the Back

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  1. Andrew W January 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Brilliant explanation of the killer details!

  2. Kenneth C January 23, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Is it the same if I was on my back or side laying down? If that makes sense?

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Yes it’s the same, when you play with it from those different angles you’ll figure it out, focus on using the legs and hips and stretching away keeping your arm limp, let the body do the work.

  3. Ruben M January 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I remember this wrist detail from the Rickson seminar I attended.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 5:44 am

      Yes the grip is is a HUGE detail!

  4. Matt M January 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    If you fall to either side, does anything change? Do you need to change any of the lower body connection?

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 5:33 am

      If I fall to the side then it will be away from the side of the collar grip, lower body connection stays the same want to focus on using the whole body to apply the choke, not just the arms.

  5. Juristian A January 30, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    When you said that you never grab the pant leg to do this because its easy to counter, how about when you hug the leg deep instead of grabbing pant leg.
    Would you say that you won’t do that either and why? Thanks

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:47 am

      No I don’t grab the leg, the leg is 7-10 times stronger than the arm, it’s foolish to think you can control someones leg with just one arm, most people let you get away with it because they “Feel” stuck but this is not the case

  6. Rocky F February 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Gosh, these details are golden. I am enjoying my jiu-jitsu even more.

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Awesome Rocky! Glad you like :)

  7. John I March 7, 2017 at 2:24 am

    This is one of the best demonstrations of technique trumping strength I have trained. Demonstrated in class on a guy literally twice my size and strength (you might remember Toby, Henry) and it works without effort. Appreciate your teachings, sir!

  8. Kai L March 9, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Hope to “feel” this someday…I’ve been working on it but still feel like I am missing something on the relaxation aspect.

    I also use a lot of tricks to alter the other persons biomechanical alignment, but it doesn’t look like you are having to do any of that to get your result!

    The way I usually have done this has some of the elements, in particular the emphasis on a secure grip first, but not the almost soft Tai Chi feeling that Professor Henry demonstrates here. Somehow I am going to have to find a way to train in person. Have been on my own too long with only occasional visits from my teacher so this interactive club is a surprisingly refreshing energizer to the Jiujitsu journey.


  9. Kai L March 9, 2017 at 3:48 am

    DUMB QUESTION: How do some of you guys have your photo next to your name on your comments?

  10. Damon B July 12, 2017 at 2:40 am

    It’s through Facebook. Not a dumb question, take care bro.

  11. John Taylor December 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    “Be like Water my Friend” .Brilliant 👌….

  12. John Taylor December 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    As we know the holding the elbow and/or shoulder of the choking arm around the neck is NEVER gonna work against this technique. As its not 2 arm’s pulling down Verses 1 arm pulling up,but 2 arm’s pulling against 1 arm STRAIGHTENING and going backward’s. I’ts mechanically impossible to stop the humerus bone moving back and angling out. Your a Gjj Wizard Henry 👍….

  13. william w July 25, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    All the little suttle movements that defines the technique.

  14. Dennis O October 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Is there an ideal target that I should be grabbing on the label with the two fingers and thumb? Or will the choke end up in the right place as I engage my hips if I happen to grab low?

  15. Marco H December 24, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Would a savvy defender aim to dislodge the attacker’s two-figner grip instead of the arm?

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