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Fine Tune Your Rear Naked Choke With These Details From The Incomparable Lachlan Giles!
Finishing the Rear Naked Choke (Lachlan Giles)
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Tighten up your game with the great Lachlan Giles!
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explores the finish for the rear naked choke. He begins the video by stating that the finishing mechanics is often taught by pushing the head forward with the support hand while squeezing the forearm and bicep together with the choke hand. Lachlan states that it is certainly possible to get the tap like this. However a far superior choking mechanic is done by twisting elbow toward your shoulder. This movement is a far cleaner attack on our opponent’s blood supply to the brain. To reinforce this mechanics for his students’ minds, Giles likes to teach the rear naked choke only using one hand. Once they have a solid grasp on the movement and mechanics Lachlan will introduce the second hand into the lesson. Giles spends some time explaining that the one hand finish is done by grabbing the boney part of your opponent’s shoulder. Did you catch the other important details that he discussed? He likes to keep his harness as close as possible to his opponent’s neck. He also pulls the harness in tight. Our choking hands thumb should be underneath our opponent’s neck before we release. Next Giles explores some details on the two handed variation. He states that it is important not to release the control hand until the choke arm is in place. He also likes to keep his support hand close to his body and then grab his own shoulder. The danger is that our opponents catch the end of the support hand and slowly peel away the grip. Under no circumstances should the support hand ever swim over top of our opponent’s head. The last detail that Giles explores is the correct hand placement for the finish. He states the goal is for both hands to be grabbing both of our shoulders. Often times we think the correct placement is on the biceps. However, Lachlan states the shoulders is a far superior for taking out space.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.