Thursday, August 25, 2005

BJJ Move #60: Neck Crank from Guard

Here's a nice neck crank that's easy to apply and keeps you in a very secure position throughout.

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.

Guillotine Fake to Neck Crank or Reversal to Mount, “Crucifix” Neck Crank (from mount):

You can do this move when your opponent has his head against your chest or is somewhat low in the guard. Another opportunity is when your opponent is escaping from a guillotine (your right arm is choking him) by driving his right forearm against your throat—clear his arm to your right.
Now wrap your right arm across the back of his neck (as if you were attempting a guillotine choke) and put your right hand under his left armpit, from the front. Try to drive your right arm under his armpit to the crook of your elbow—deeper is better.
Moving your hips to the left make give you more room to drive your arm deeper. Take your left arm and put it across his back.
Clasp your right hand (which is underneath his left arm right now) palm down, to your left hand, palm up.
Pull your hands towards you, lifting up with your left hand, lowering your right arm toward your hips to crank your opponent's neck and/or shoulder.
Slide your forearms up his arm towards his elbow for more pressure on the shoulder and superior leverage; lock your feet and grab closer to his armpit to focus pressure on the neck crank.
If your opponent begins to roll over to release the pressure on his neck, you can use your right foot and bridge to the left side to reverse him (you will pull him over by his underhooked left arm).
You will end up in the mount, but do not release the hold yet. You still have a neck crank submission right here. Just apply the pressure by arching your back and pulling up and towards your body.
Instead of finishing from the mount, you can go to cross side and hook his free arm from under the front of his armpit with your right leg—sit through and crank your right fist towards the ceiling to finish. Be careful, it’s hard for him to tap from this position.

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