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Submission Namesakes: Five Fighters and the Holds That Bear Their Names

The Darce Choke

Sorry, Joe, but you’re doing it wrong. (Pic: TheGrapplingGamePlan.com)

The case of Joe D’Arce and his famous choke is one of mastery rather than invention. D’Arce was taught his signature choke by fellow black belt John Danaher while rolling at the Renzo Gracie Academy. D’Arce worked tirelessly to perfect the choke, securing it in training sessions and competitions alike. Just as Danaher had taught him, he shared the technique with Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who in turn brought the choke back to Marc Laimon. Laimon was smitten with the hold and he and his team developed new set-ups and positions from which the submission could be applied. It was from there that the choke, which they dubbed the “Darce”, grew more popular and spread across the BJJ & MMA landscape.

For you sticklers out there who prefer the choke’s other names, let’s do it. In some circles, especially in Brazil, the arterial attack is better known as the Brabo choke. That name came about much like its American counterpart. Multiple time ADCC & BJJ champion Leo Vieira showed the technique to training partner Kid Peligro, who took a portion of Vieira’s email address—leobrabo@…–to coin the submission in his honor. But like Joe D’Arce, Vieira doesn’t take credit for the Brabo, which means “angry” in Portuguese. He recalls seeing a white belt trying to execute something similar and tinkering with the choke from there to perfect it.

Still a third man can lay claim to the maneuver though his moniker is rarely applied to the hold, at least in MMA circles. Some BJJ practitioners trace the origins of the choke back to Vitor Ribeiro, who is said to have unveiled the “Shaolin choke” in Brazil around the same time as Vieira. Ribeiro was even featured in a grappling magazine as he guided readers through the choke.

As for D’Arce, any guesses as to how he secured his lone MMA victory? Yup. By TKO.

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ctownhood- July 28, 2011 at 10:36 am
I'm just glad CP got it right on where BJJ came from. Most sites say that Maeda taught the Gracies jiu-jitsu, which is incorrect. They were taught Kodokan Judo.
Elentius- July 28, 2011 at 4:42 am
Crush and Rex you forgot to fill in the blanks. Excellent piece.
vmaltes- July 28, 2011 at 2:17 am
http://www.lutamma.com/Videos-de-MMA/Helio-Gracie-Biografia-do-maior-lutador-da-historia-do-Brasil-79/ here you can have the whole story of this great fighter Gracie... in portuguese though
DangadaDang- July 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Awesome article. That Philmura was so damn cool to watch, and I say that as a Boetsch fan
Cryptococcus neoformans- July 27, 2011 at 1:01 pm
When I saw this article I thought of the Mir lock first. I'm kinda surpirsed that it wasn't included. @ joshuan, Marcelo Garcia broke Rolles Gracie's arm in a very similar manner @ ADCC in 2007. I think it might have been by accident though
knucklesamitch- July 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm
funny stuff intercept
El Guapo- July 27, 2011 at 11:25 am
Wilson and MeLikey... FTW(s)
intercept440- July 27, 2011 at 9:13 am
you left out the ear grab forward thrust penis choke.. (disclaimer) cuases gagging on untrained females
Pen Fifteen- July 27, 2011 at 9:12 am
Another honorable mention should go to Dong-Sik Yoon, pioneer of the Dongbar.
joshuan29- July 27, 2011 at 9:12 am
mirs keylock from guard was sweet but i havent seen it used in another major mma fight. i still think it shoulda made the list. awesome article though!
Me likey- July 27, 2011 at 8:43 am
you forgot the joe san.
it includes duck tape, 1994 toyota corolla and a 9 iron.
SteelStringbean- July 27, 2011 at 8:35 am
You forgot to include the Mir Lock. Which is completely understandable. Thanks for the history lesson.
ReX13- July 27, 2011 at 8:17 am
Crush >> i'll try, but i'm not sure i can defend forgetting about the amazing ___________ at ________.
El Famous Burrito- July 27, 2011 at 8:02 am
You forgot my signature submission move: The Surprise Burrito.
CrushCo- July 27, 2011 at 8:01 am
Thanks, Rex. I'm headed out, so I'll leave you in charge of defending why I left off __________, and ___________, and of course __________.
ReX13- July 27, 2011 at 7:57 am
Really good stuff, Crush. Props.
RwilsonR- July 27, 2011 at 7:55 am
No Aokiplata?
CrushCo- July 27, 2011 at 7:53 am
@RSparrow: I have an entire post dedicated to Toney's BJJ prowess in the works. It may have to come out in a series of installments.
RwilsonR- July 27, 2011 at 7:52 am
It shouldn't even be called a Kimura, except for the legend built by the Gracies. Any true martial arts historian knows Kimura didn't invent that move, and that it was created at least two decades earlier in Canada by Joe Chickenwing... (who originally learned it from Steven Seagal).
RSparrow- July 27, 2011 at 7:50 am
Was just throwin' it out there, good article nonetheless. You also failed to mention several submissions from James Toney.
CrushCo- July 27, 2011 at 7:45 am
@Joedirt: I think you're right in that much of the Gracie retelling of the story is like the fish that got away- it's gotten bigger over time.
Joedirt- July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am
I always laugh at the retelling of Gracie vs Kimura... there was not an 80lb difference. Only the Gracie camp gives out those numbers... objective reports and Kimuras own telling say Gracie was taller and weighed in at 80kg and Kimura at just above 85kg.
I've read that Helio wasn't actually invited to teach in Japan but who knows.
CrushCo- July 27, 2011 at 7:41 am
Yeah, I ignored him and the Swickatine because they're just so close to the original submission. I guess the same could be said for the Philmura, but I thought it was different enough from the original and the story had a little back drop to it. Perhaps "The Farmaconda" deserved a spot as well, but I already expected complaints about how long it was so I left it off.
RSparrow- July 27, 2011 at 7:36 am
What about the crazy little Alaskan fuck that runs at you and attacks your neck when the bell rings... Noteable mention: The Mckenzentine
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