You know what they say about Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it’s all in the details. In those small adjustments that can improve your technique by tenfold, but which you’d never come across if someone didn’t tell you about them in the first place.
Well, this hidden detail for the Rear Naked Choke is one of those adjustments.
Do you know what’s one of the most important components to successfully finishing a Rear Naked Choke? It’s hiding your thumb. No, really; because if you don’t hide your thumb line, your opponent will be able to defend by peeling off your hand.
Here’s why it’s so important to hide your thumb and how to do it. Frank Rosenthal demonstrates:
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