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. Professor Henry Akins explains and demonstrates.
HIDDEN DETAIL FOR THE REAR NAKED CHOKE
Do you ever find yourself feeling kind of exhausted after applying the Rear Naked Choke? Sure, you may get the tap, but it usually takes some time for the opponent to quit and it usually leaves your arms sort of burned out.
You don’t want this happening in competition. You’ll probably be tired, if not exhausted, by the time you take their back and apply the choke… So you want to be able to spend the least amount of strength and energy to get the submission.
That’s exactly what this hidden detail will make possible. Professor Akins explains that, when you get the Rear Naked Choke locked in, you’re first supposed to bring both of your elbows closer together. This will dramatically tighten up the space between the arteries on the neck (just make sure that your elbow is right underneath the opponent’s chin).
Then, you’re going to shrug back in order to make the choke even tighter… And you’ll get the tap with a lot less effort!
Learn how to do this on the video below: