Defending Against the Guillotine

Just recently there has been a terrible tragedy where a Professional MMA fighter has had his neck broken and been paralyzed while taking his opponent down in training who had locked up a Guillotine choke on him! Now there are a lot of thing s that may have gone wrong such as poor technique, too much ego, being to reckless or even just really bad luck. However I believe there are steps that should be put in place to prevent such a tragedy from ever occurring! See the link below for more details.

Fellow Gracie Sydney Association coach and Gracie Jiu Jitsu black belt Liam Resnekov has filmed a great video on neck safety and possible injury prevention when defending against the guillotine with a wrestling style take down. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below!

Now personally I advocate the traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu defense of controlling the choking arm, hugging your other arm over the back and taking your opponent down straight into side control with no real stress or pressure on your neck but in Jiu Jitsu there are lots of ways to be right and Liam offers a great video here that is definitely worth sharing! I hope this helps you!


Good Luck with Your Training and Happy Rolling!

Felipe Grez

Jiu Jitsu Kingdom


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