BJJ Chokes Gi vs No Gi
BJJ Chokes Gi vs No Gi. BJJ chokes, and in particular, chokes from the back, are the single most devastating weapon in all of Jiu-Jitsu. Nothing else gives such certainty of success in application while maintaining your own safety from counters. Yet the two primary applications, gi and no gi, are very different from each other. In the case of no gi chokes from the back, you must use your head as a blocking wedge close to your opponents head. Your bodies will be aligned and the power of the choke will come from the rotation of your elbow around his neck. The instrument of strangulation will be your wrist/forearm and bicep. This is rather thick and so often it can be problematic to penetrate under the chin and often requires trapping the opponents defensive arms prior to applying the strangle. In addition, it keeps you away from being elbowed by your opponent. Now, in the case of gi collar chokes, things are very different. Now the instrument of the choke is the opponents gi lapel/collar. It has a hard and very thin edge that slices under the jaw/chin like a knife and makes penetration to the choke far more efficient. The collar/lapel is like a rope around the neck, an extraordinarily effective choking implement. In addition, unlike naked chokes, you want to form a perpendicular angle to your opponents shoulders and the power of the choke comes from your body weight hanging off your opponent and your leverage leg pressing over his far shoulder. This puts all your body weight and leg strength into the choke with a cutting rope around the neck. This creates a far greater degree of efficiency strangle than any naked choke can ever hope to attain. If you enjoyed this article, make sure you visit www.njbjj.com for more tips in the news section.