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22 August 2017

22/08/2017 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Heidelberg 2017 | Bow & arrow chokes (Chad Wright)

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BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Olympiastützpunkt Rhein-Neckar) Chad Wright, Heidelberg, Germany, 22/08/2017

Sinking into the black hole with Chad referred to the bow and arrow choke. This was the standard set up, although Chad prefers the version where you lean back, as opposed to the more upright approach I like to use. The main part I hadn't seen before was using your gi tail to finish the choke instead. When you're on their back, on the armpit hand side, pull out their gi lapel if it isn't already loose. Pull that up behind their back, then pass it forward over their shoulder to your choking hand. As with the collar, you don't want it too deep. As it was Chad, he also came up with an entertaining analogy, relating to the 'optimum level of highness' in jiu jitsu. ;)

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You can then complete the choke as normal, just using a different grip. It is considerably easier on your fingers, because you can grab with your hand rather than the ends of your fingers. However, I have found that it can be tricky to get this without ending up in a neck crank, having drilled it back home since. The solution to that is possibly just patience. Instead of insisting on getting the choke quick, do it slowly, as that way you aren't pulling really hard and twisting the neck.

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