Standing guillotine chokes are really tough to escape, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get out!
I recently met up with my friend Ando Mierzwa, and we shot something on the topic of guillotine prevention and escape for his martial arts oriented Youtube channel.
It’s a video in 3 parts…
The first part of the video is about guillotine prevention.
It’s always easier to prevent a submission in the first place than it is to defend it once it’s applied, and this choke is no different. And to prevent the guillotine you need to have good posture. You want to have your head upright and be looking at your opponent. If your head is down and you’re looking at the floor then it’s child’s play for your opponent to slap on the guillotine (or snap you down, or apply the front headlock, or just kick you in the face)!
The second part is about escaping the guillotine as it’s being applied and before it’s fully locked on.
The key here is awareness. As you feel your opponent looping his arm around your neck you want to look up, up, up. Literally arch your neck backwards and point your face to the sky.
If you do the right timing here then you actually get a clear route to your opponent’s back – it’s a lot like doing the ‘duck under’ in wrestling. You’ve taken a potentially devastating situation and turned it around in your favour.
The third part is about survival once the guillotine is fully locked on.
I’m not gonna lie… A fully applied guillotine choke is a terrible thing.
If he’s skilled with this attack then you’re probably going to tap out. But you want to rage, rage against the dying of the light, so try to defend it and maybe you’ll get out.
The initial defense in this part of the video is the classic BJJ arm-over-the-shoulder position, but you might not be familiar with the next part, which is a counter-guillotine takedown which works extremely well.
Don’t miss the outtake at the end; we were rehearsing the opening and I screwed up and managed to chip a tooth pretty good on the concrete pool deck where we were filming.
Oh, the things I do for the love of jiu-jitsu!
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