Q&A Guillotine

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  1. Michael M January 18, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Henry,
    Can you comment on finishing the guillotine with one arm in please?
    Thank you.

    • Joe G January 19, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      I was wondering the same thing as Mike… Do different details apply to arm-in?

      • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:42 am

        Yes arm in is very different and usually only done from guard or mount not from standing. The reason is with the arm inside you are not just squeezing the neck, so you need your legs to help apply pressure

  2. Patrick J January 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Michael: I’m not Henry, but I’ve had him teach the arm-in version to me. The mechanics are so very different than this that they really aren’t related to one another. The arm-in is more of a body crunch.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:26 am

      You certainly are not Henry, but haven’t you played him on TV?

    • Michael M January 27, 2017 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you Patrick :)

  3. Michael M January 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Do you see any issues with transitioning to a guillotine from closed guard if the open guard kimura fails? Based on what you showed in your open guard course, it seems you’re already in a similar set up when you plant your foot and move your hips back to create space for the attack.

    I would love to get your input on your thought process when linking techniques together in general.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:15 am

      Yes the guillotine and Kimura go very well together, especially if the person leans towards you to put weight on the arm you are attacking with the kimura, you can switch to guillotine.

  4. Andy K February 23, 2017 at 1:41 am

    Great stuff Henry. I wish that I had been taught these details a long time ago!

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 7:58 am

      We all have to start somewhere, the goal is to improve everyday. Its a never ending journey in jiu-jitsu, refine our technique so we can be more efficient and effective so even as we age and our physical attributes decrease, our improvement in timing and technique compensate and help us surpass.

  5. John Taylor December 9, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Proffesor, i use the Wally Jay ‘Small Circle’ to lift the inside of my wrist an extra inch or two into the Windpipe. I get good result’s and having added your elbow flare, it’s working a treat. Is this acceptable or am i better going back to the straight wrist and just pull up that upto the throat?. Thank’s….

  6. zamy y January 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Hi henry, in this escape demonstrate by Braulio Estima, the opponent don’t try to pull his head out but but to shift under


    Obliviosly they don’t do the guillotineas you taught us, but did flaring the elbow out also prevent this escape?

  7. Nduduzo D May 8, 2018 at 4:11 am


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