There are numerous ways to choke your opponent from the back. However, arguably the highest percentage option you have is the Double Lapel choke.
If you don’t believe me watch any high-level Gi Jiu Jitsu competition. You’ll see the double lapel choke use successfully probably more than any other choke from the back.
Unlike other chokes from the back, the double lapel choke has two important things going for it.
Firstly, when setting up this choke you maintain your upper body positioning. Basically, the grips form a modified seat belt, which means you have great control throughout the submission.
Secondly, when you set the double lapel choke up correctly, you can use your whole body to apply the choking pressure.
So now you’re super excited about the double lapel choke, the video below best ways to attack this choke plus some key details that will help you finish the choke consistently. Check it out below:
There are actually 7 tips give in the video. While they’re focused on the double lapel choke, these 7 tips apply to any choke from the back. Here’s each of the tips with a little more detail:
Tip #1.Start with good positional control – use good head position, a tight seat belt, and pinch with your legs.
Tip #2. Pick a side – this limits your opponents escaping options, and can help you set up your attack more easily.
Tip #3. Make good grips – not all grips need to be super deep, sometimes a low grip is less threatening and will allow you to apply the choke more easily.
Tip #4. Use a bio-mechanically efficient position – when you apply a choke you want to be able to use the maximum amount of force available. This can only be done if your body is correctly aligned.
Tip #5. Eliminate escape routes – if you can shut down your opponents escape routes before you start your attack, your chance of finishing a submission drastically increases.
Tip #6. Use your whole body to finish the choke – your arms can create a lot of force, but its nowhere near as much as you can apply with your legs and back. If possible use your whole body when applying any submission.
Tip #7. Give the choke a chance to work – this is the most important tip of all. Too often students let go of a perfectly good choke before it’s had time to take effect. Instead, slowly count to 10 and gradually increase your pressure. If you hit 10 and they’re not tapping it’s time to readjust.
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