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The Ultimate Guide to the Guillotine Choke in BJJ

The guillotine choke is a powerful submission in BJJ, no gi grappling, and mixed martial arts.

At first glance it seems like a simple submission – you just wrap your opponent’s neck with your arms, pull up and squeeze, right?

Not so fast…

There are a LOT of subtleties that you need to master before this submission starts being reliable for you, especially if you don’t spend 4 hours a day in the gym doing biceps curls…

The first, and most important subtlety to grasp, is that the guillotine is both a position and a submission. And you need to master the positional aspect first; learn to maintain the guillotine, control your opponent and stop him from escaping and then it becomes much easier to choke him out!

In this article Rob Biernacki of The BJJ FormulaThe Modern Leglock Formula, and BJJconcepts.net fame breaks down the guillotine as a control position AND as a blood and air restricting submission that’ll force your opponent to tap out or go unconscious.

In Rob’s guillotine module below you’ll get…

Different variations of the choke, including high elbow, arm-in, five finger, front naked choke, and Rafa Mendes style guillotines Drills that’ll teach you how to control the guillotine position and always be able to transition from bottom to top Entries to catch the guillotine on your feet and on the ground (bottom and top) Transitions and variations to choke out your opponent if the initial guillotine attack doesn’t work And – seriously – a LOT more!

Scroll down, check it out, and bookmark this page so you can come back it – it’s a pretty amazing set of videos!

Stephan Kesting

Intro to the Guillotine Control

Here’s you’ll learn about the critical importance of using the guillotine choke as a control position before using it as a submission to tap out your opponent! Bottom line: don’t proceed with the submission aspects of the guillotine until you can go from bottom to top position at will.

Guillotine Control Scheme

Here’s why you shouldn’t just jump the guillotine and squeeze.  You’ll learn the basics of the guillotine control position and using the chin-strap to control the head, using extension and rotation to weaken his posture.  Also covered is using the underhook and overhook to control his shoulders using lever control and indirect proxy control.

Guillotine Control Drill: Maintaining the Chinstrap

How to drill the chinstrap control » Continue Reading.

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Setting Up and Finishing the Single Leg Takedown in BJJ with the Gi

The single leg takedown is one of the main moves in freestyle wrestling, but it becomes considerably harder to pull off when you put the gi on.

That’s because with the gi  your opponent usually just grabs your lapel and sleeve, stiff-arms away, and makes it hard to get at his legs. This can be very frustrating for people looking for single and double leg wrestling takedowns in BJJ.

Now judo players have an easier time dismantling this sort of defense since gripfighting is so integral to their sport.

Does that mean that you should learn Judo?  I started doing Judo when I was 11 and think it’s a beautiful art, but the sad truth is that most judo throws take a very long time and thousands of repetitions to develop.

Also many Judo throws don’t translate well to no gi and MMA type scenarios.

But if you want to stick with a wrestling approach then you absolutely CAN adapt the single leg to work with the gi!

The key is setting up your grips.

In a previous article I showed my own favourite gripping sequence in the gi.  It’s centered around first getting the ‘across the back’ grip and then using your opponent’s reactions to take him down (and the single leg takedown was one of those techniques covered).

But today we’re looking at another sequence to secure the single leg takedown in the gi.  The sequence consists of the following steps:

Open your opponent’s left lapel with your left hand and then back away Now insert your right hand low on his right lapel and slide it up as high as you can comfortably get Pull your opponent forward so that he steps his right leg forward and postures up and backwards Step forward and off balance him backwards by pushing his chest with your face/forehead Pick up his lead (right) leg, which should now be light, with your left hand and drive forward Keep his leg elevated, pull down on his lapel, and circle to your right to take him down

This sequence, taught by Rob Biernacki, is a lot easier to understand if you check out the video below.

Hope this helps!

Stephan

More Easy Takedowns

A lot of people have asked me about throws and takedowns over the years so I’ve actually written about this topic numerous times on my blog.  If you’re » Continue Reading.

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Podcast Episode 116 – To Pull Guard in BJJ Competition, or Not?

Should you pull guard in BJJ competition or fight doggedly for the takedown.  You’ll get some answers to this perennial question in my  conversation about pulling guard with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki.

You can also listen to this as Episode 116 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

 

As always, a review or rating is always appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 82 – Chat with Rob Biernacki About Visiting Students Training for Free

In this episode I talk with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki about gratitude and how that has shaped his visiting student program where people can train with him for free.  And, because it’s Rob and I, we go off on some major tangents including the weirdos who have hit us up on the internet, how to identify fake martial arts, and why it’s sometimes good to be the dumbest guy in the room.

Alternately, you can listen to this as Episode 82 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

As always, a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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Podcast Episode 74 – Analysis of Leglock Game with Rob Biernacki

An 80/20 analysis of the leglocking game based on high level no gi competition, leglock safety, how to learn BJJ efficiently, best practises when teaching jiu-jitsu, and a ton more with BJJ black belt Rob Biernacki, my co-author of The Modern Leglock Formula available now at Grapplearts.com/leglocks

You can listen to this as Episode 74 of The Strenuous Life podcast, available on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud or Google Play.

Or you can listen to it in the embedded player below:

Have a listen, and a subscription, rating, and review on whatever podcast platform you use is always super appreciated!

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12 BJJ Black Belts Give Their Best Tips for Starting BJJ {Video and Podcast}

Today you’re going to get 12 BJJ black belts give their best tips, strategies and advice for people just starting out in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. White belts looking for help getting started and organising their training will really benefit from watching this.

Although there are a few themes the fascinating thing is how diverse the advice is.  There is no one path, no one BJJ tip to rule them all, so getting different opinions from different grapplers is an amazing thing!

If this video doesn’t fire you up and get you on the mat grappling then nothing will!

Watch the video below, or scroll down to find out who they are in advance and listen to this in audio-only podcast format!

Here are the 12 BJJ black belts featured in this video:

Stephan Kesting (0:00 to 1:14) grapplearts.com Bernardo Faria (1:14 to 2:25) bernardofaria.com Brandon ‘Wolverine’ Mullins (2:25 to 5:22) justgipants.com Travis Stevens (5:22 to 6:04) fujisports.com/blog/travis-stevens/ Rob Biernacki (6:04 to 7:21) islandtopteam.com/ Pshemek Drabczynski (7:21 to 8:10) besthometrainer.com Ritchie Yip (8:10 to 9:22) infighting.ca Sean McHugh (9:22 to 10:20) alliancekelowna.com Elliott Bayev (10:20 to 12:09) openmat.ca Jason Manly (12:09 to 12:48) instagram.com/jasonmanly Michael Zenga (12:48 to 13:49) bjjfanatics.com Perry Bateson (13:49 to 14:56) nwjja.ca/ BJJ Positions & Techniques Checklist (free download here)

If you want this same information in audio form then go to your favourite podcasting platform, subscribe to ‘The Strenuous Life’ Podcast, and then look for episode 132. You can find it on most podcast platforms, including…

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/strenuous-life-podcast-stephan-kesting-grapplearts/id320705565?mt=2

Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/listen?authuser&u=0#/ps/I3qvbtkdb74xrpv6ozbzie2ca4e

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-993426357

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stephan-kesting/grapplearts-radio-podcast

Alternately you can also listen to the advice on the embedded player below…

See you on the mat!

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Which Leglocks Are Allowed in IBJJF Competition?

I’m old enough to remember a time when almost all leglocks (except heel hooks) and leg locking positions were legal in BJJ competition.

But in the last 20 years the IBJJF – the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation – has really clamped down on what’s legal in their BJJ competitions, and since it’s the biggest organising body in the sport these rule changes have really changed the leglock game.

Essentially they have banned the most effective leglock (the heel hook) and one of the most effective leg control positions (the reap), and you can now get DQ’d from an IBJJF tournament if what you’re doing even begins to resemble one of these banned moves.

But that doesn’t mean that you can’t leglock.  There still are effective leglocks available to you; you just have to understand what’s legal and what’s not.

In this new video Rob Biernacki and I show you what’s illegal in IBJJF competition, and then break down the 5 big leglocks that you can still use, which are the Ankle Lock, Kneebar, Toehold, Calf Slicer and Estima Lock.

Plus we also cover a lot of the gray areas in the rules, inadvertent transitions that could get you DQ’d, and our thoughts on when you should start training leglocks in your BJJ career.

This is an important video: check it out!

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