The Turtle position in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is nowhere as greatly explored as other positions are. That is to say: there are a number of possibilities when your opponent turtles up, both for positional advantage and for submissions… But the matter of the fact is that you probably haven’t spent a lot of time experimenting with it.
If that’s the case, then you should probably learn this choke, as it’s demonstrated by Professor Henry Akins. It’s so simple – and so effective – that it’ll make your mind explode.
Here’s how to do it.
SIMPLE CHOKE WHEN OPPONENT IS IN A TURTLE
What Professor Akins does first is that he opens up the opponent’s lapel. Then, he grabs the opponent’s same-side collar, deep underneath their neck – with four fingers inside it.
From there, he grabs the opponent’s lapel on the other side and stretches it out (almost as if you’re doing the tricep extension exercise). When he does that, the choke is half-way set up already… So, the only thing he has to do is to extend with his collar-grip hand, and he gets the choke.
Pay attention to how this choke resembles a Cross Collar Choke, as well as to where Professor Akins positions his wrist once he grabs the collar.
Watch the video below to see the choke in action. And start practicing it as soon as possible!