Q&A Rear Naked Choke

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  1. Andrew W January 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    A brilliantly clear and simple explanation of how to make the technique devastatingly efficient.

  2. Charlie V January 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Is this how Damien Mia put Matt brown to sleep with him still defending!?

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:53 am

      Hey Charlie, I’d have to watch that fight again but I’m pretty sure it is

  3. Nathaniel R January 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    This blew me away when you did this to me in Oklahoma. it redefined how i look at all blood chokes and the amount of effort required to get a tap. Still makes me chuckle thinking about it.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:44 am

      So cool when you told me after you were finishing the rear naked all the time, made my day. Glad I can share my Jiu-Jitsu with you Nate

  4. Michael M January 23, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Mind blown. I’ve been pinching my shoulder blades together and taking a deep breath thinking I was closing space. And now I know why my RNCs haven’t been working often lol.

    • Henry A January 27, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Hahaha, Your welcome! I hope it’s working now and I hope you can apply it using minimum strength

  5. Michael A January 23, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    18min.26 the stubby arm way. Thanks Henry, amazing little details on connection.

  6. Juristian A January 30, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I was working on this yesterday, but I did not think I got it right. After securing my choking arm where my elbow line up with his chin to set the RNC position, to finish, what I did was moving both of my elbows closer to each other and when I hug, i kind of pull his neck up. Is this correct?

    I choked him, but it felt like I was using 60 to 70% strength, where it looked like you were only using 10%, where did I go wrong. Please help. thank you Henry :)

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:42 am

      instead of pulling his neck up, try shrugging your shoulders and pulling your elbows in towards your body, the main part is the connecting to the neck by squeezing the elbows together, they should start to feel the choke already from just that.

  7. Danny R January 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    I realized that when I had my hooks in it was harder to line up the crook of my elbow to the chin. Depending on the size of the partner it’ll be tough to get that lined up but should still work correct? Felt like I needed to use more strength in that case when it wasn’t lined up to the chin.

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Turn your shoulders so you have a deeper reach with the choking arm Danny

  8. Robb W January 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    This material is SO DAMN GOOD!!

    • Henry A February 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

      AND its Gluten free!!!

  9. joseph e February 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I have been struggling with this choke(without hands defending and not shrugging.) Back was rounded, eblows coming to eachother, nothing. Then I re-watched the video and noticed that your hand on the bicep is not limp but is engaged. My bicep hand was limp when I was trying it. Do you think this the detail I was missing?

    Thanks Henry!

    • Henry A March 1, 2017 at 8:02 am

      I’m not sure… try it out and see if it works then have someone put theier hands inside and pull down on your arm/elbow and see if you can still finish with little effort. Remember its all about connecting to the sides of the neck, so pinch the elbows together and hug/shrug and pull towards your chest. Try doing it with eyes closed so you can get a better feel of what’s going on.

  10. Keegan Y April 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Awesome details and explanation on this “basic” choke! Interesting that you feel taking a breathe really serves no purpose as I have seen so many BJJ instructors teach that cue.

    Question regarding getting the elbow lined up with the chin when in Rear Guard. How do you feel about turning the opponent’s chin with the arm not around his neck so that it lines up with your elbow (if you can’t get it deep enough)? I use this method regularly (when I can’t get my elbow/shoulder in deep enough to line my elbow up with the center of the chest) and have good results with it. My understanding of the anatomy of the neck is that turning the neck sideways should also not affect the effectiveness, just as long as the carotids line up correctly with my elbow. Interested to know what you think of this method though, or if you have a different method that you like better?

    Thanks again.

    • Keegan Y April 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      Edit: Just watched the Chokes Q&Q webinar again and saw you use this chin turn to line up Scott’s neck with your elbow. So, I will take that to mean this strategy is HJJ approved. :D

      Loving the material so far. Have also started implementing just what I have learned from the this, the Guillotine videos, and the chokes Q&A webinar in rolling and was able to repeatedly get the RNC and Bow and Arrow at will last rolling session.

      Thanks again!

    • kevin m April 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      I have been using the “taking a breath” method for years. I can’t make the choke work without doing it. Once my arms are in place, I just breathe in and everything clamps shut. There is no tap if I simply just try and squeeze elbows together without inhaling. Also I feel my forearms moving outward away from carotid arteries if I squeeze the elbows together….. creating the opposite effect.


    • Henry A June 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      I tap the chin to line it up with my elbow if its not already, I feel it’s really important detail to line the elbow up with the chin

  11. John Taylor December 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Turn the shoulder’s to get a deeper reach, Love it! 😍 πŸ€™πŸ». Thank’s Proffesor Akins ☺️ πŸ™ ….

  12. Charles P May 11, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve been training 20 years and these first two lessons have taught me so much!!! Thank you!!

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