Gordon Ryan Shows How To Escape A Fully Locked RNC

Gordon Ryan Shows How To Escape A Fully Locked RNC

Escaping a fully locked Rear Naked Choke (RNC) is extremely challenging, especially if your opponent has correctly secured the position. In Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial arts, it’s always emphasized to avoid getting into such a compromised position in the first place. However, if you do find yourself in a fully locked RNC, here are some steps you might consider:

  1. Stay Calm: Panic can lead to rapid exhaustion and a quicker submission. Breathe as best as you can and try to maintain your composure.
  2. Protect Your Neck: If the choke is not fully sunk in, immediately tuck your chin to your chest to protect your neck. This might give you a few crucial moments to work an escape.
  3. Hand Fight: Try to grab the opponent’s choking arm (the one applying pressure on your neck). If you can grab their wrist or forearm, you might be able to relieve some pressure.
  4. Create Leverage: Use your other hand to support your hand fighting. You can also try to reach over to pull down on their elbow, creating more space to breathe.
  5. Move Your Body: If possible, try to shift your weight and rotate your body toward the side of the choke. This might reduce the pressure on your neck.
  6. Address the Hooks: Often, the person applying the RNC will have their legs hooked around your body. Try to remove these hooks to gain more mobility.
  7. Look for an Exit: Depending on your position and the opponent’s grip, look for an opportunity to turn into their guard or move your head and shoulders out of the choke.
  8. Tap Out if Necessary: In a training environment, always tap out if the choke is fully secured and you cannot escape. It’s better to concede and learn than to risk injury.

So your opponent locked in the Rear Naked Choke and the only thing you can do is tap out… Right?

Well, there might be a window of opportunity for you to escape the fully locked-in RNC.
Gordon Ryan demonstrates how: