The Canto Choke is one of those techniques that consistently finds its way into the highest levels of grappling. Whether it’s Judo or Jiu-Jitsu this classic should be part of every grappler’s tool kit. If you can constantly threaten with chokes against your opponent they will have to focus on EVERY grip that you get!
Flávio Canto is a Brazilian judo champion and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who won the bronze medal in the – 81 kg division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He previously competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Canto won three medals in a row at the Pan American Games: 1995, 1999 and 2003. He is known for his high level ground game and there are many stories of him having dominated many BJJ world champions on the ground in training.
Thankfully, with its staying power, the Canto Choke has seen a fair share of variation in its application. Let’s take at a slick variation directly from Flavio Canto himself, which is the Canto choke from half guard.
This is a very simple and effective choke using the collar with the grip thumb in just behind the neck and the same leg as the arm. Make sure to have your opponent sideways for maximum efficiency.
Here you even have a No Gi version of the Canto choke as demonstrated by Elie Knight:
Olympic Medalist and Judo icon Flavio Canto teaches you a complete masterclass in how to use the move he is famous for – The Canto Choke.
- Lock on the Canto choke from tons of positions, including open guard, passing from top, turtle, and more.
- Study the Progressive System that Flavio has developed that helps students improve quicker using his learning tools.