The name of the game in Jiu-Jitsu is resourcefulness. You’ve got to learn how to set up various techniques in all sorts of situations and adapt them to the changing circumstances. If you manage to fulfill these two requirements, your BJJ will be improving drastically.
For example, the Collar Choke from the back. There isn’t just one way to do it! You can tweak it in all sorts of ways in order to make it work.
Let’s take a look at five of these Collar Choke from the back variations, as demonstrated by Nick “Chewy” Albin. Oh, and by the way – in this case, you’ll always use the same grip!
COLLAR CHOKES: REMEMBER THESE TWO THINGS
Before you watch these techniques, try to keep the following two pointers in mind. Nick puts special emphasis on them throughout the video.
- Make it easier for your grip. If you feel that your hand is getting too tired from gripping (with the choking hand), there’s a way to solve this problem. Nick explains that you should first open the collar with one hand, and then grab deeper with the gripping hand – in order to both have more power and endurance in your grip.
Notice how he opens the collar by grabbing it right around the place where it connects with the Gi, and then by twisting it to the outside.
- Move that wrist. The success of the choke depends on a number of details (as you’ll see on the video), but the most important one is that you have to use your wrist as a choking mechanism.
Check out Chewy’s video below to learn more: