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The Best Cross Collar Choke You'll Ever Learn
Learn The Cross Collar Choke From Roger Gracie
Roger Gracie is a 14 time World, ADCC, Brazilian Nationals, and Pan Americans Champion. Roger has choked out many of the best utilizing the basics of jiu jitsu. It goes without saying Roger Gracie is the right person to learn cross collar chokes from. If you have spent any time at all on the mats in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu you are likely to be familiar with the cross collar choke. If it a choke you struggle with, do not worry about it, many of us have. By breaking it down into fundamentals, Roger Gracie shows us just how easy and effective this submission can be.
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A lot of BJJ players get this choke wrong from the very start. They think this choke is all in the arms. The secret of this choke is that it is actually in the wrists. Your arms should not be moving much at all. It is all about tightening your wrists to put a lot of pressure on your opponent. Once you have the choke tight of course you are going to pull your opponent close to you using the arms. It is not about squeezing with the arms but rather it is about bending with the wrists using the sharp part of your bones to dig into your opponent putting pressure on their neck. This makes the choke effective from any position, guard, mount, even side control. When you go in for the cross collar choke, of course you do not want to go in with the arms. Notice that with a deep collar grip and the right angle all it takes it a twisting of the wrist to get this submission. Look at how very little Roger Gracie has to move his wrists to get the choke. It is already very tight, and it hurts to have those bones digging into your neck, cutting off blood flow to your brain. Also take note that when you twist your wrists you make it nearly impossible for your opponent to clear your arms.
There is a lot of detail in this technique, but that is why many of us probably struggle to pull off a cross collar choke. So remember the next time you are on the mats in a live roll or in competition that if you are trying to get the choke with your arms you need to instead use your wrists.
2x US Olympian in Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under John Danager and one of the top "chokers" in th world. What makes his choking game so unique is the setups and grips he uses. Judo players have the best grips for throws and chokes... because that's all they do. Take one of the best judo fighters in the world and combine it with his extensive BJJ experiene and knowledge and you get one of the best Jiu Jitsu DVD / On Demand Series out there: Chokes by Travis Stevens