Friday, July 08, 2005

BJJ Move #27: Front Headlock (Clinch)

Here's a very common way to control someone whom you've bent over or who's just tried to tackle or shoot in on you from the front.
It offers a great deal of control, opportunities to strike or submit your opponent while standing, tires him out, and is easy and intuitive to apply.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Front Headlock (Clinch):
-standing clinch

Your opponent is bent over at the waist (I'll describe setups in later posts)-—your right arm locks around the back of your opponent’s head and under his throat around his left ear; your left arm traps his right arm against his head by going underneath his right armpit.
Clasp your hands together, left hand palm up, and drive your left forearm across to your left so your opponent’s right arm crosses your stomach and is glued tightly to his neck.
Keep your weight over your opponent’s head / neck to control him and wear him down, and your hips and legs back to keep him from picking you up.
From this position you can deliver knee strikes to the top of your opponent’s completely immobilized head.

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