12 Mar 2010

Indian lapel choke

Woot! My interview and photo feature is published in the new April issue of Martial Arts Illustrated magazine. I'm really pleased with the way they have laid it out, looks pretty nice I think.

During the photo-shoot, Ana demonstrated a really cool lapel choke using your own gi. It involves a bit of leaping into the air and jiggery pokery with the gi skirt, but MAN! what a technique!!! So I've taken the liberty of presenting it here in its step-by-step form...

(1) Ana Maria (white uniform) has taken the top side-mount position. Her left hand is tucked under her partner's neck.

(2) With her right hand, Ana Maria reaches to grab the lower right portion of her own uniform jacket (the ‘skirt’).

(3) She feeds the corner of her jacket over her partner’s shoulder and grips it with her left hand.

(4) Ana Maria places her right hand on the floor over on the other side of her partner's body.

(5) Ana Maria now rotates her body to her right, steps up onto the balls of her feet and places her head on the ground. Note how her left forearm forces her partners head forwards.

(6) Ana Maria hops up in the air while still holding the jacket corner in her left hand. The tension of the jacket around her partner's neck is painful.

(7) While in the air, Ana Maria continues rotating her body so she lands on top of her partner (full mount) and tightens her grip to ensure a submission choke.

Go on, try it next class for yourself!

April 2010 issue of Martial Arts Illustrated is out now.

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Meerkatsu is the artist name for BJJ black belt Seymour Yang.


Elyse said...

I've seen that choke before, it's one of my favorites, but I've never seen it finished with that twist to mount! Very cool :). Thanks for sharing!

Meerkatsu said...

It began originally with the knee on belly as the finish but it meant she was turned away from the camera, so Ana, made it spin that little bit more ending up in mount...which of course places even more pressure on the choke for poor Amora on the bottom!

A.D. McClish said...

Woah!! That choke looks freaking awesome! I am going to try it this morning. (insert evil laugh here) Nice looking article!! She looks fierce even in the photos of her explaining the moves!

Meerkatsu said...

Well a bunch of us in class trid that technique and only got as far as placing the head on the ground...not many could leap to the other side and land in mount comfortably! LOL! I think it helps to hold the gi skirt right at the very tip of the fabric to get as much slack as possible.

Elyse said...

You should try rolling straight over so that you land parallel to your opponent. You can finish it lying next to them.

Then you can try rolling diagonally across your opponent.

Finally, try landing in mount.

That progression should help ;)

Meerkatsu said...

Thanks Elyse, that's really useful!

Elyse said...

p.s. when you're trying to finish the choke from lying parallel to your opponent, you need to get it by straightening your arm pushing your hand away from you as opposed to pulling it in towards you.

Stephanie said...

We've gone over this choke in class before, but we ended like Elyse said, lying on your back parallel next to the person.

It is a TIGHT choke. Most of us had to let go before we were flat because out parter started tapping mid flip.

I've not used it in a while though.. I think I might try it again tonight. hehe

The article looks really great!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for breaking it down! Hope I can pull it off in a drill following the instructions :)


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