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Mastering Guillotine Concepts and Principles by Karel "Silver Fox" Pravec


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Designed For All Levels - Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced fighter, this course will change your game.
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Karel Pravec

Professional Fighter

With nearly three decades of BJJ study under his belt, The Silver Fox is a world renowned Professor and highly influential figure in the BJJ community

  • Explore multiple guillotine variations that will lend themselves perfectly to a variety of applications in MMA and self-defense
  • Study both ends of the spectrum with ideas on offense, defense, and counters that will help anyone, regardless of rank, take their understanding of the guillotine to new heights

Course Content

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Volume 1

Introduction 0
Principles of the Guillotine Choke 1:48
Grip Explanation 5:20
Offensive Scenarios For Guillotines 11:14
Defensive Scenarios For Guillotines 20:26
Addendum to Defensive Guillotine 41:01

Volume 2

The Fox Guillotine (My Favorite) 0
Fox Guillotine (RNC Grip) 15:35

Volume 3

Counters to the guillotine 0
Countering Their Counter 21:04

Volume 4

Variations of the Guillotine Choke 0
Arm-In Guillotine Choke 14:32
Closing Thoughts 30:05

Master The Guillotine and Critical Head Control Concepts with HIghly Influential BJJ Instructor and Long Time Renzo Gracie Black Belt Karel “The Silver Fox” Pravec

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What Will You Learn?

In Mastering Guillotine Concepts you'll receive some of the finest instruction in the world on the critical concepts of the guillotine from Karel “The Silver Fox” Pravec. An influential figure in the BJJ community, Pravec has been on the mats for decades, studying and refining his game as one of Renzo Graice’s first American students. With details and concepts developed over years of study and experience, Pravec will help you to funnel your training partners and opponents into dangerous guillotine scenarios as well as provide insight on defense and counters as well, to take your understanding of the guillotine to new levels!

Grip explanations, offensive scenarios, defensie scenarios, and even a section on Pravec’s very own “Fox Guillotine'' will make an appearance in the opening chapters of the instructional. Genius counters and more variations of the choke will close out the series on this highly specialized library of guillotine mastery!

There are few instructors in the world with Pravec’ roots and experience, making him a uniquely valuable resource when it comes to world class technique and guidance. Pravec will provide the perfect blueprints to understanding the principles of the guillotine and controlling the head in this one of a kind focused series dedicated to one of BJJ’s most important submissions!

Principles Of The Guillotine

So, What Exactly Do You Get?


Working Title: Mastering the Guillotine

Overall Philosophy:

  • Seeking to submit or improve position
  • Self-defense/MMA context (or Sub only) – aware of possible strikes


  • Left or Right side (I stand Left so my Left Guillotine better)
  • Offensive (head snap down, vs Seated & ½ Guard) & Defensive (against TD, hip heist, 5 finger against guard pass)
  • Grips (Arm-In, No-Arm, others).  Explanation and Pros & Cons
  • Control (head & arm)
  • Submissions
  • Follow-Ups


  • Snap down
  • Turtle (alternatives 🡪 Armbar 🡪 Backtake  🡪 CJ Spin Around 🡪 Peruvian Necktie/Anaconda)
  • Guard Passing (seated, ½ guard).  Confidence & ability to extract right leg


  • Takedown Defense
  • Hip heist from Guard
  • 5 finger Guillotine vs guard pass, head leads

My Preference (“Fox Guillotine”):

I prefer No-Arm guillotine (BUT will take what opponent gives) due to:

  • Body positioning next to opponent (easier to control & sweep and maintain shoulder forward)
  • Can sweep (“cement mixer”) either side or switch to UDE GATAME (either side)
  • Shallow = ease of entry
  • I control both carotids !

Negatives are: -      Easier to be countered with Von Flue


Part 1:

  • Introduction 
  • Principles of the Guillotine Choke 
  • Grip Explanation 
  • Offensive Scenarios For Guillotines 
  • Defensive Scenarios For Guillotines 
  • Addendum to Defensive Guillotine

Part 2:

  • The Fox Guillotine (My Favorite) 
  • Fox Guillotine (RNC Grip) 

Part 3:

  • Counters to the guillotine
  • Countering Their Counter

Part 4:

  • Variations of the Guillotine Choke 
  • Arm-In Guillotine Choke 
  • Closing Thoughts 

    So, What Does It Cost?