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Using The Japanese Necktie To Defeat The Turtle

Using The Japanese Necktie To Defeat The Turtle


For those of us that like to attack our opponents while they are in turtle, there is a whole world of attacks. Truck, calf slicers, crucifix, and arm bars all are possible from the turtle position. One particularly awesome way of attacking the turtle is to use head and arm chokes. D’arce chokes, anaconda chokes and a personal favorite of mine…the Japanese necktie. The Japanese necktie works as a great way of submitting your opponent while he tries to defend from the turtle. Let’s see how you can use the choke to finish anyone from the turtle…

Beginning Steps of Using the Japanese Necktie

So, as this starts, we see that the opponent is in the turtle position. To attack using the japanese necktie, first you’ll need to get a strong upper body connection. So you will need to use your arms to go through your opponent’s arm and neck, similar to a D’arce choke. But instead of locking up the bicep/tricep grip, you’ll lock up a gable grip, similar to that of a no gi baseball bat choke. Once that grip is achieved, you’ll need to bring your top elbow down over his neck. After you have the grip locked up, you’re going to need your inside leg to hook his top leg and bring it to you. This leg hook will be crucial for finishing the choke.

So, to recap, those initial steps are:

  1. Go through your opponent's arm and neck with your arms
  2. Lock up a gable grip
  3. Bring your elbow down over his neck
  4. Use your inside leg to hook his top leg and bring it to you

Finishing Steps of the Japanese Necktie 

After that, the hardest parts of the japanese necktie are already over, and the finish is near.  You will need to drop your shoulder to the mat over your opponent. When you do that, you need to make sure that your stomach is against and covering the back of your opponent’s head. To finish this, you need to pull in with your arms and bridge your hips in. Trust me, your opponent will tap. Even if you don’t have the choke in clean, you will get a crank as well.

Again, the final steps are:

  1. Bring your shoulder over your opponent with your stomach covering their head
  2. Pull in with your arms and bridge your hips

Using The Japanese Neck Tie To Transition

The Japanese neck tie is an incredibly powerful choke in itself, but sometimes there may be something missing and you may not be able to finish it.  If this occurs, all is not lost.  One of the best things about head and arm choke is that you can transition from one to another. 

Transitioning Between the Japanese Necktie and the Anaconda Choke

A great choke to transition to from the japanese neck tie is the anaconda choke.  The anaconda choke is very similar to the japanese neck tie and the two chokes supplement each other extremely well.  They are both head and arm chokes that can be applied from the turtle.  If you have fallen to the neck tie and it is not working, you should be able to just get back up to the turtle position.  From this position, your arms will already be in place to attack the anaconda.  Check out this video below where Rafa Mendes shows some variations to the Anaconda Choke. 

The Japanese necktie is a new school, yet high percentage, submission. It can really surprise your opponent, and works in both Gi and no Gi. Richie Martinez, who is a black belt under Eddie Bravo has used it in both MMA and Submission Wrestling. And the choke has also made an appearance in the UFC courtesy of Matheus Nicolau. It can be a great tool to defeat the turtle. And if you’re looking at ways to get past the defensive capability of the turtle, then check out our article "Attacking and Defending the Turtle" and this:

Attacking and Defending The Turtle. Click here!

Cover of DVD for instructional BJJ video on attacking and defending the turtle

Also make sure to check out Rustam Chsiev's 4 DVD Set "Russian Grappling Hacks." Rustam is one of the best submission grapplers in the world and has beat multiple time black belt world champions in the ADCC several times and with head and arm chokes. 

Cover of DVD instructional BJJ video taught by Rustam Chsiev 4 DVD Set titled "Russian Grappling Hacks"


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