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In the world of mixed martial arts, the rear naked choke is a submission staple. This is considered a “blood choke” as opposed to a “wind/air choke.” The maneuver is designed to impede blood flow to the brain by applying pressure to the arteries in the neck.
Remember to only practice this move in the presence of a trained professional. The object is not to hurt your opponent but to make him submit. Safety is the first priority.
From behind your opponent you want to slide your hand from one side of the neck under his or her chin and across. With the crook of your elbow pressed under the opponent's chin, you want to use that same hand to grab your opposite arm's biceps. Then bring your free hand up and grip the back of your adversary's head.
From this position all you have to do is lean your shoulders back to apply pressure and force a submission. If applying this hold while on the ground, a good way to avoid your opponent escaping is to wrap your legs around his waist, neutralizing the hips and any leverage he might look for.
It is important to remember that these holds are not meant to hurt but to submit. When you feel your adversary tap out (submit), release the hold. This will allow the blood flow to resume. Bas Rutten provides martial arts clips online that can walk you through this maneuver step by step so you can see it applied properly.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|