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Baseball Bat Choke: Top 3 Best Tutorials


One of the most effective chokes that does not get enough love in the BJJ community is the baseball bat choke. The baseball bat choke is a highly powerful choke that can be used by novices, advanced students, and even no gi competitors. The set ups are endless and it can be attained from a variety of different positions on the ground. The actual mechanics of the baseball bat choke is relatively easy to do, which is another great reason to learn and use it in training. But where should you start?screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-6-47-41-pm

Start Simple

Try the technique from side control. From side control, you can start to work the choke. Grab the collar, thumb in, almost behind your partner’s head. With your other hand, go four fingers into the collar, trying to get both of your hands close together. From the grips, scissor your elbows together and spin with your head to your partner’s body to finish the choke and get the tap. BJJ legend, Kurt Osiander shows how to attack the baseball bat from side control.

Other Positions

A popular way to attack the choke is from the knee on belly position. Knee on belly provides two great ways of attacking with it. You can go after it with the standard grip that you use for it from side control. But you can also attack it with another way. You can use the skirt of the kimono to submit your partner as well. If you can get your partner’s gi undone from under the belt, you can get the choke. It adds for a slightly fancy, yet effective way of finishing the baseball bat choke. Renzo Gracie black belt, Shawn Williams shows how to use the gi skirt to get the tap.

Gripping the Choke For No Gi

But you don’t have to have a gi on to play with this choke either. It is also available when it comes to no gi. There are two main ways of gripping the choke for no gi. With these grips, you can either use a gable grip or an s-grip. Both are viable, and are good. It depends on how you like to finish the choke, and what works for your body type. The way to finish the no gi version is slightly different. Instead of getting the little spin that you get with the gi version, you sit out into a modified scarf-hold and finish with the same mechanics. This is one of my favorite side control attacks for no gi training.

This is a proven choke. It just needs to be used more in competition. If you attack with this choke, even if you don’t finish your opponent, you will almost certainly open up another attack. This choke does not give your opponent time to rest or catch their breath. If you think this technique could fit in your game, then give it a try. You could be pleasantly surprised with the results!