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28 November 2018

28/11/2018 - Teaching | Side Control | Baseball Bat Choke

Teaching #818
Artemis BJJ (MYGYM Bristol), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 28/11/2018

Tonight I went through the the baseball bat choke, popping up to knee on belly. Start in standard side control, one hand under their head, heavy cross-face. Slide that back slightly, in order to grab right behind their collar, where the label would be. Straighten that arm firmly, so that your forearm is pressing into their neck.

The tricky part is bringing in your second hand. You need to get your hand on top of the other, holding their collar like a baseball bat (hence the name of the choke). To do so, your second arm has to slide down along their far lapel
(fingers first), as you have to get your second arm pressed against the other side of their neck for the choke. Angle the elbow of your second arm inwards, towards your first arm.

Put your knee on their belly to stop them escaping, then apply the choke by twisting inwards. This should make your arms press firmly into both sides of their neck: your first arm stays fairly static, it's the weight dropping through the second elbow that applies most of the choke. Be careful you are pressing into the sides of the neck, not the windpipe. If you need more leverage, try rotating around to a north south type position, putting your head on their chest.

Teaching Notes: Getting the pressure from your arm, having hands close together, dropping the elbow. So yeah, all the usual stuff. That arm needs to bend to drop in and rotate, the other arm must stay totally straight. On the straight arm, you do drop your shoulder a little, which is worth pointing out (though not as much as with the gi tail choke, where it's a major part of the pressure).

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