One Arm Choke by Scott Epstein

The one arm choke is the seventh in our series of 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu techniques with Scott “Einstein” Epstein.

Join Einstein of 10PWLA to learn the one arm choke, as part of our Videos from the Vault collection. This 13 part series will focus on 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu techniques with Scott Epstein.

Scott is the only third degree Blackbelt in the 10th planet Jiu Jitsu system under Eddie Bravo. This ever-evolving system was developed by founder Eddie Bravo as a no gi method that is perfect for MMA. Scott is the founder and head coach of 10th Planet West LA, one of the top 10th Planet locations in the world. He has been grappling for around 20 years and had a brief professional MMA career in which he won all his fights by submission. Scott has had a sublime high level professional grappling career, with multiple wins at top tournaments. He was Chuck Liddell’s Jiu Jitsu and strength coach, as well as the Jiu Jitsu coach for team Liddell on Ultimate Fighter season 11.

Here, Scott demonstrates the one arm choke from the back.

From the back, with your hooks in, your opponent tries to pull your arms away. You then turn your left hand downward and break his grips, pulling his left arm down, as shown in the previous video: breaking grips over under. Here, your opponent is not too concerned about the choke, as he knows that the rear naked choke is not available as long as you have your left arm under his armpit. He may pull his left arm in to stop you from pulling the left out and completing the RNC. Instead of placing the hand of your choke arm on his shoulder, reach back and grab the back of your own neck. Pull your head in, flex your bicep and get the one arm choke.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.