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Catch Your Opponents With This Crafty Counter When They Try To Escape Your Guillotine
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Catch Your Opponents With This Crafty Counter When They Try To Escape Your Guillotine

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Countering The Bailout With Cement Mixer Choke by Neil Melanson

Who is Neil Melanson? Neil could easily be considered one of the most dangerous men on the planet. Neil was the head coach of the infamous Blackzillians MMA Team and Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym. He has coached some of the best UFC fighters to ever compete to the pinnacle of the sport including Chael Sonnen, Vitor Belfort, Randy Couture, Matt Mitrione and many more. His students have given high praise. Chael Sonnen said, “Neil would slap Rickson Gracie around like it was easy.” Jiu Jitsu black belt and former UFC Champion Vitor Belfort stated that “Neil could triangle anybody in any room.”

Neil boasts a unique education when it comes to grappling.  He began his education at the Hayastan School where he learned techniques from Catch Wrestling, Judo and Sambo from world renowned coaches Gene Lebel and Gokor Chivichyan. His grappling style is a combination of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Catch Wresting and Sambo. He is the living embodiment of the Bruce Lee quote, "Absorb what is useful. Reject what is useless. Add what is essentially your own.”

Beyond his impressive education and grappling abilities, Neil is an extremely capable teacher. He takes a meticulous approach and breaks down the details so that it can be easily understood by even the grappling novice.

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In this video, Neil explores some counters when your opponent bails out of a guillotine. Melanson states having an under hook is of paramount importance. However, the under hook is not a traditional under hook. Rather it is a tight waist under hook. This is done to protect the secondary hand while maintaining control. The second important detail is to keep your choking hand high. The submission is completed by brining your elbows down.  Note the emphasis Neil makes of not placing your opponent flat on his back. Rather your opponent should be on a low shoulder and placed at a 45 degree angle. It is still possible to finish the submission when your opponent is flat on his back. However, the issue is if your opponent’s head rotates then your choking hand may be out of place on his throat. This submission goes by several names, the one handed guillotine or cement mixer. However, Neil is clear if this move is done correctly is should be a choke and not a crank. Well done Neil. What a beautiful sequence.

Many consider Neil Melanson to be a mad scientist of grappling. This sequence is a fine testament to that. His approach is not based on a singular style but a hybrid of many approaches. He is obsessed with independent and free thinkers like Nicola Tesla and his style of grappling is brilliant testament to that.  If you have ever seen Neil’s instructional videos than you certainly understand what we mean. If you have not had the privilege, click on the link below to learn the forgotten secrets of the Guillotine – from the most deadly Catch Wrestler on earth, Neil Melanson.

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