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Make The Scarf Hold Great Again With This Video From Rustam Chsiev!

Make The Scarf Hold Great Again With This Video From Rustam Chsiev!


The Russian Head and Arm Smother by Rustam Chsiev

Who is Rustam Chsiev?  The “Russian Bear” Rustam Chsiev is one of the greatest wrestlers to compete in submission grappling. He holds winds over some of the best Jiu Jitsu athletes in the world. Rafael Lovato Jr. (IBJJF world champion & ADCC silver medalist) Romulo Barral (ADCC & IBJJF World champion) and Davi Ramos (ADCC champion) are a few of the Jiu Jitsu practitioners that he has beaten.

Chsiev was born in North Ossetia, Russia. Ossetians are an Iranian ethnic group of the Caucasus Mountains. They often speak Ossetic, an Iranian language as well as Russian.  At the age of 10, Rustam started training in free style wrestling. It is often rumored that he has a Sambo background. However, Chsiev has dismissed that rumor.

His path to submission grappling excellence has been rather unorthodox. After college, he moved to the United States so that he could train with Murat Keshtov.  He won a bronze at the world renowned ADCC tournament in 2015. He lost by a controversial referee decision to Keenan Cornelius in the semifinals. He holds victories over former UFC champion Luke Rockhold in a 2010 "Grappler's Quest" event.  It is notable that he also did very well at Eddie Bravo Invitational 6. He made it to the finals but lost to the great Gordon Ryan.

Ready to Grapple Like Russian Bear?


Chsiev is as renowned for his strength and his strong submission defense.  He often stands victorious against jiu-jitsu practitioners in their own events. His wrestling is beyond legendary.

In this video Rustam Chsiev explores a submission from the scarf hold position. He starts in scarf hold. It is interesting to note that his hands are clasped together instead of grabbing his own thigh. Next, Chsiev drives his opponent over so that Rustam is posting on his head. He is very clear in the video that three points of control is necessary. He then squeezes his arms together for a quick tap.

This video is a wonderful example of Rustam’s ability to communicate techniques to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Chsiev’s 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. The wrestling and submission grappling displayed in Rustam Chsiev’s instructional videos have a profound impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Certainly, the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Rustam Chsiev is one of the best Russian grapplers.  He's competed in just about every type of grappling competition; including ADCC (Bronze), EBI and more.  He's faced and BEATEN many top level grapplers including: Roberto Cyborg Abreu, Joao Assis, Orlando Sanchez, Romulo Barral, Rafael Lovato, Alexandre Ceconi, Gary Tonon, DJ Jackson and UFC Champ Luke Rockhold. His DVD / On Demand Series: Russian Hacks will without a doubt take your grappling skills to the next level!




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