What’s your favorite submission? Well, for Ricardo Almeida, it’s definitely the Guillotine Choke.
More specifically, the Arm-In Guillotine.
Why? He shared in an interview with BJJEE:
My favourite submission, by far, is the Arm-In Guillotine.
For one, it is a choke – and the chokes are incontestable. With the Armbars, for example, their arm will hurt or break if they don’t want to tap.
But, with the choke they go unconscious… There’s a finality to a choke that I don’t think exists with joint locks.
I mean, yeah, of course, you can Heel Hook someone and they will not be able to walk.
But, sometimes they escape, sometimes they would „eat it“, but with the choke, once you get it – that is a checkmate.
To me, there’s definitely no clearer checkmate in grappling than the choke.
But why does he prefer the Guillotine over all other chokes? Almeida explains:
The reason that I love the Guillotine is that it is the only submission that can be used in all of the phases of fighting.
You could be standing and use the Guillotine, you could be on the ground and use the Guillotine, it can be used in the transition from the feet to the floor.
It can be used during the „get up“, when you transition from being on the floor back to your feet. On the ground, you can use it from the bottom and from the top. From the side…
The High Elbow Guillotine you can also use, of course, but I favor the Arm-In Guillotine because the arm control is the best control.
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