Tighten Up Your Rear Naked Choke

Fight 2 Win athlete and Jiu Jitsu black belt Tony Tipton shares his killer tips on sinking the rear naked choke

Tony Tipton, head coach and owner of Tipton Martial Arts in Forth Worth, Texas, shows us how he gets the rear naked choke tight and submits his opponents fast.

The Rear naked choke is a submission that many students try to force their way to and often it is unsuccessful, as they haven’t got their position right. Tony has a way of getting it with a high percentage finish rate.

Starting from the seatbelt position with his hooks in, Tony begins to scoot back slowly using his hips. This stops his opponent from leaning back to escape and allows him to remain upright. As he moves back, Tony starts to position his opponent deeper, so that it is a lot harder to escape. From here, Tony slices his top arm across his opponent’s throat, securing his hand behind his opponent’s shoulder. Now, Tony can release his bottom hand and bring it in tight behind his opponent’s head, locking the choking arm hand in the crook of his elbow.

From this standard rear naked choke position, most people will bring their head in tight and squeeze. This is an effective way to finish the choke, but Tony has a faster method. He continues to scoot his hips back, remaining straight in his spine. This narrows the gap and makes the choke extremely tight. It is a faster and more efficient way to sink the rear naked choke.

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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.