A lot of submissions can, despite the pain and injuries they offer, be „pushed through“ in a competitive setting. Your opponent has been training very hard for a given tournament, he wants to win and the adrenaline is pumping… So even if you caught him in a really tight Armbar or in a rather nasty Leglock, it doesn’t mean that he will tap; even if you can hear his joints, ligaments and bones making that disgusting „popping“ sound.
However, no matter how much your opponent may want to win, there’s simply no way that he’ll willpower his way out of a tightly applied choke: he’ll either tap out or go to sleep. That’s what makes chokes so great; and one of the most elegant ones is the Peruvian Necktie.
Keenan Cornelius explains how this technique works and demonstrates it.
WHY IS THE PERUVIAN NECKTIE SUCH A GREAT SUBMISSION?
Keenan shares that the Peruvian Necktie is one of the very few head and arm chokes where you’ll use the legs to reinforce the choke itself. In other words, this submission has an added benefit that you will be using all 4 of your limbs to control the opponent’s neck and head.
Also, unlike other front headlock submissions – which require you to twist, turn and squeeze with your arms in all sorts of ways – the only thing which you’ll really need to use in this case is pressure. This is what makes this submission so great for people who aren’t really strong; there’s no real strength involved here, but just the pressure you’ll use that comes through your hamstring muscle.
In addition to that, you’ll find it useful to set this technique up whenever you can’t really secure a solid grip for another front headlock choke; such as in situations where your opponent is heavily defending from a Turtle position.
Now that you’ve figured out what it is that makes this technique so unique, let’s see how to go about setting it up.
HOW DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
First demonstrating it in a quick fashion, Keenan explains that you basically have to clasp the palms of your hands together into a Cable Grip, as well as pinch your forearms across the opponent’s neck. Then, you need to step with one of your legs over the opponent’s head and sit down immediately after; taking your other leg over their lower back the moment you do so.
That’s how the technique looks like to the naked eye. However, there are many small details that go into making it work.
HOW DO I SET IT UP?
Once you’ve gotten your Cable Grip nested in around the opponent’s neck, Keenan demonstrates that you need to get your leg over the opponent’s head. To do so, just walk your foot forwards until your hamstring is above their neck – you’ll be in a pretty much crouched position here, as you can see on the video below.
From there, start dropping down onto the hip of this leg. Once you’re down, this will create space for your other leg to go over the opponent’s lower back. Also, make sure not to continue falling back too far from here; this would give the opponent an opportunity to push your leg over his head and escape.
It is now that first leg’s hamstring muscle which will be crucial for the finish. Keenan demonstrates that you basically have to extend your leg; this extension will drop the opponent’s head down and squeeze their neck onto the top of your wrist – and you’ll get the choke.
Watch Keenan demonstrate the Peruvian Necktie setup below:
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