Never Get Guillotined Again!

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Never Get Guillotined Again!

OK, I have to admit that I'm exaggerating with the whole "never get guillotined again" title, but it's almost true. If you incorporate principle that I'm about to share with into your grappling two things will happen:

  1. you'll tap out to many, many fewer guillotine chokes, and

  2. you'll really increase how often you manage to finish your opponent's with the same choke.

I was very happy when I managed to formalize this principle in my own mind. Both for my own learning process and for teaching others in person or via DVDs I really like to emphasize principles over technique. It's much simpler to memorize one principle and use it in 10 different situations than it is to memorize ten different techniques.

So go watch (and rate) my Youtube video on body positioning for the guillotine choke. As a special bonus I've included a section on the 'Von Flue' guillotine recounter, which is always an unwelcome surprise for your sparring partners!

And if you think that the Von Flue choke is unrealistic I encourage you to watch Jason Von Flue pull it off on The Ultimate Fighter TV show:


Great work, as always.

nice detail

Thank you sir!

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Good job Stephan!

im watching with no sound, but wouldnt the defence be to let go of the headlock? (for the bottom guy that is)

Nice work, funny thing is that a little over a year ago I was having issues with guys attacking my neck and I came to some of the same things you are pointing out. As soon as they locked around my neck I would control their hips/legs and go to side control...well that protected me from getting choked until I worked my way out but it still sucked they were cranking and squeezing my neck and just about that time I saw Jason Von Flue pull of that choke and I went back to the gym and started letting guys grab my neck then I would proceed straight to tapping them.
I did add a move to this that you might think about....After a few weeks the guys I roll with realized what was going on and as soon as I would go for the Von Flue they would release the hold on my neck and I realized I still had their arm isolated so it was a simple thing to jump over to the other side and lock in a tight arm triangle.

It is possible to trap their arm so that they can't let go. They may let go of their grip but if they cant free the arm over your head they will still get choked.

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Great vid Mr. Kesting!

Bump for later.

My Dad (i.e. Mr Kesting) had nothing to do with that video.  Call me Stephan!!

 travenbjj - thanks for that video of the non-leg-switching variation of the Von Flue choke!  I'll send out the link to it in my next newsletter

Excellent- the mad scientist strikes again- another Stephan download. Stephan is the best distant coach in Canada- right up there with Roy Harris and Ed Bennville in spreading the benefits of pro-social BJJ attitudes (and techniques) via the internet. Thanks!SAM

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good post... i had a thread on here about working one move and this is the one i've been working on the most... i only finish the guillotine (look to get) via same side half guard... w/ the arm in, arm out, doesn't matter... there are some other details i use like visually think about driving their chin around your choking arm and into their chest via my lat pressure....i also keep grip tight but relax enough for their had to get slightly out...i like my tricep to be on upper back portion of their head for maximum leverage.... chin strap grip the whole time.