The Loop Choke

Updated on January 6, 2018

The Loop Choke

A hand in the collar raises the defensive hackles of virtually every jiu jitsu practitioner. This almost always means that the second hand is soon on its way to finish the cross choke or some very similar variation. Fear not: there's a sneakier move you can do that will first set your opponent at ease, and then bring the shadows of night in from the outside, with a quickness. Enter the loop choke.

The Basics

Start with a seated (butterfly) guard, at a very short arm's reach from your partner. With your right hand, reach for their cross collar, but don't grab anywhere near as deep as you might for an X-choke. Instead, shoot for your knuckles to connect with their collarbone. This is far less likely to alert your partner to the impending dangers than an ultra-deep feed. The best time to make this initial grip is when your partner happens to be looking down; this will facilitate the completion of the choke as well. With your free (left) hand, push your partner's head down, while lifting your right elbow. Without releasing the pressure that's pushing your partner's head downward, shoot your left hand through your own elbow, and flare your fingers out, creating a hook of sorts (with your right forearm). Push straight downward to get the choking finish (you can also turn to your left, but this will facilitate a sweep, offering your partner an easy way out from the submission).

Push-Pull

Another simple set up starts from the same seated butterfly guard position. This time, make your initial collarbone grip, but push your partner backward. If they don't respond to the push, just shove them over and get on top. However, most folks will indeed push back. Use this push to help guide their head downward and "into the loop", so to speak. Finish by pushing downward on top of their head.

Stopping the Roll

In spite of your best efforts, your partner may simply be able to roll through on a standard loop choke before you get the submission (hence the high percentage of sweeps off loop choke attacks from guard). However, here's a very simple solution to this common problem: try pushing their opposite knee out. If your partner wants to roll to their right, they'll need to drive off of their left knee. Just take this base away so that they can't. Surprisingly, this works quite well.

Fancy

A really slick (and vastly more complicated) maneuver here involves coming up over the top of your partner to prevent any sort of roll escape. Start with your left hand in their collar, and create a sharp angle off to your left (using that same shallow collar grip). Instead of passively bringing your partner's head inside the loop, bring the loop to them: come forward to your knees, and loop your armpit all the way around your partner's head, similar to a guillotine choke. Note: this is a standard position I learned from my student, Gordon Emery, who runs Charlottesville BJJ; we'll cover the variation I was most comfortable teaching at the time. Grab your partner's triceps and bring it forward. Shoot your head through and underneath your partner's body, all the way to the other side (similar to a "gator roll" or anaconda choke set up). Once your head pops through, grab their far triceps this time (to keep them from being able to turn to defend). From here, it's just a matter of walking your feet underneath your partner, turning the choke into a soul-destroying maneuver.

Loop choke from the top or bottom?

See results

Simplicity and Complexity

This tutorial really exemplifies just how simple and how complex Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be. You can learn a fairly simple fundamental move, and you can start applying what you've learned right away. Over time, your partners will learn your game and your set ups, and so you will need to evolve and adapt. Hence, you're going to come up with invariably more complex techniques as a rule. This is not to be mourned, but rather to be celebrated, as this is the entire point of today's BJJ, and what separated jiu jitsu from most other martial arts in the first place: the ability -- no, the need -- to innovate. As always, let me know if you've innovated, and if this particular technique helps you figure some things out, I'm happy to hear about it!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • revolutionbjj profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrew Smith 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Took me lots of reps to understand and feel comfortable, but it's a great system.

    • profile image

      Kretzkid 

      10 months ago

      Haven't seen the complex one before! Looks really fun, hopefully I'll be able to hit that after practicing it.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, howtheyplay.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://howtheyplay.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)