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28 May 2015

27/05/2015 - Teaching | Side Control | Breadcutter Choke

Teaching #328
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 27/05/2015

The breadcutter choke can be set up in various ways. The way I first learned was moving towards north-south from side control. They will then often reach past your hip, which leaves a space for you reach under their armpit and clamp it to your side. That means their arm is stuck between your side and your arm. Move back to side control, then with the hand of that clamping arm, grab behind their neck, gripping in the middle of the collar. Cinch that in.

You can also move into north-south, secure that for a moment, then reach back to get the collar grip. Either way, when you have that grip, walk back into side control. I like to use Xande's version to finish, as it feels a bit 'cleaner' than some of the others. Rather than turning their head to press into the side of the neck, he grips across to the far collar while they are still facing up. The hand needs to be far enough up that it doesn't cause the arm to squish the windpipe, but low enough to keep the gi tight. Drop your elbow, close to where your first hand is gripping. You then pry their head back with your elbow for the submission.

In Saulo's version, as you move back around to side control, use your free arm back towards you, then use that to turn their head away from you. This feels counter-intuitive, as you'd expect to drag that arm back and turn their head towards you. However, you want to expose the near side of their neck. So, bring your arm back, then drive it over their jawline, turning their head away. Grip their far collar with your free hand (this might require balancing on their chest, turned towards their head, which should also help keep them pinned to the mat), then put your forearm into the exposed side of their neck.

To finish, you need to create some pressure into their neck, in order to close off the artery. Turn towards their legs, in a sort of reverse scarf hold position, then use that base from your legs to lower yourself gradually into their neck, keeping your initial gi grip tight. Be careful, as this can come on quickly and it isn't very comfortable.
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Teaching Notes: Previously I've gone with Saulo's version, but after checking BJJ Library in preparation for this class, I'm leaning towards Xande's version instead. I'm not sure if they are variations of the same choke (the breadcutter), or different chokes (Saulo using the breadcutter and Xande applying the paper-cutter), but either way I prefer Xande's approach. Getting the grip in the right place on the collar is important, to achieve the necessary tension: too loose and it won't choke, too tight and you'll just drive your arm into their windpipe.

It is worth noting that crushing into someone's windpipe will probably make them tap, but I don't like techniques that rely primarily on pain. Also, there's always the risk that you'll run into somebody with a high pain threshold. Going for the 'clean' blood choke is more efficient, as well as less mean. Win win! :D

I've been trying to build in more attacks from side control and this one looks like it could work well. Tomorrow I want to look at some of the follow ups, as this choke combines well with both far and near side armbars, as well as my favoured north-south kimura.

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