There are countless versions of the D’arce choke which is also called the Katagatame in Japanese because it is a form of arm triangle although the chocking mechanics are slightly different.
The D’Arce choke, or Brabo choke, is similar to the Anaconda choke. The difference is that the choking arm is threaded under the near arm, in front of the opponent’s neck, and on top of the far arm. The choke gets its name from Joe D’Arce, a third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie.
Though not the inventor of the choke, D’Arce performed this choke often and with great success in many Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling tournaments. During a sparring session with Jason Miller, the choke surprised Miller, who gave it the name and pronunciation “Darce” rather than the proper “D-Arsee,” when D’Arce did not have a title for the technique.
To able to start catching your opponents in Darce chokes from all positions, you need to work your muscle memory to the point were setting up a Darce becomes automatic.
IBJJF European Champion Dinu Bucalet shows two very simple and effective Darce drills that you can do to develop incredible Darce efficiency.
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Improve Your Submission Rate in the Gi Using Genius Set-Ups and Crucial Details with IBJJF European Gold Medalist, Dinu Bucalet.
- Dinu Bucalet is a premiere European grappler with IBJJF Gold to his credit among loads of other high-level BJJ accolades.
- Take a deep dive into the darce and brabo chokes in this specialized series dedicated to gi based strangulation tactics.