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Technique Video of the Day: The One-Arm North-South Choke

(Video courtesy of YouTube/ScottEpstein)

Back by popular demand…

It’s Monday and most of our brains haven’t kicked into third gear yet, so we’ll make today’s technique a simple, yet effective one.

If you ever find yourself in side control during a roll, match or fight and are looking for a finishing move that doesn’t require a ton of energy or strenght to pull off, give this nifty little move demonstrated by 10th Planet black belt instructor Scott “Einstein” Epstein a try.

Use your arm and biceps closest to your opponent’s legs to block him (or her) from recovering guard or half guard. Transition your other arm from underneath your opponent’s neck to over the other side and around his neck like you would with a regular D’arce or north-south choke, only this time, don’t use your other arm for the hold. Instead, while walking your legs towards the choke and downwards with your body weight on the floor and your lat pressed against his face, move your hand from his thigh to the top of your opponent’s shoulder and press down, preventing him from being able to walk out of the choke. Continue to clock walk yourself towards the choke, increasing pressure until your opponent taps, starts to gurgle or go to sleep. If it’s in a fight or competition, wait until the referee tells you to stop. Ask Rousimar Palhares.

I own a copy of this DVD and highly recommend you pick one up if you’re interested in adding some dangerous, yet unorthodox submissions, escapes and sweeps to your ground game as well as tighteining up your traditional moves.The lessons, which are taught by Einstein and fellow 10th Planet jiu-jitsu black belts Denny Prokopos and Sean Bollinger, are easy to understand and are shot from various camera angles to make sure you get it.

Here’s what’s covered on the discs, which are available at or at Epstein’s new 10th Planet West LA location:

• One arm north south choke
• 69 flavors
• Epstequitioner
• Russian Cowboy
• Darce
• Peruvian necktie
• Peruvian hurricane control
• Peruvian to darce
• Guillotine
• (FDH) Forget the hooks
• Face crush
• Arm triangle
• Arm triangle variation
• Iron Shiek
• Arm triangle counter to twister pass
• Darce counter to twister pass
• Calf crank toe hold combo
• Triangle escape
• Legoplata
• The stock
• Straight jacket
• Kimura
• Americana
• Reverse chicken
• Triangle
• Opposite arm kimura
• Inverted arm bar
• Goose neck
• Stock bar
• Broom
• Monoplata variation
• Gag reflex
• Ezekiel gag
• Mounted gag
• Whip up
• Forsaken whip
• Mission Control
• Locking the shoulder to an armbar
• Chill bar
• Chill bar to triangle
• RNC variation 1
• RNC variation 2
• Pimp angle
• Double bagger to straight jacket
• Double bagger to triangle
• Double bagger to double cross
• Double bagger to gogo plata
• Gogo to handcuff options
• Double triangle

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Krezer- September 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm
The sound of screeching mats is like nails on a chalkboard for me.
Fried Taco- September 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Gag reflex - I'm an expert at this one, just ask your moms.
ExpectJesusBro- September 19, 2011 at 11:49 am
WOOOOOO! (Rick Flair style)
Thank you CP. You guys, are the best!

I might have to buy these just too see the "reverse chicken" move. Was it invented by the Colonel Harland Sanders?
skeletor- September 19, 2011 at 11:27 am
Thank god ExpectJesusBro is gonna be pumped!
Fried Taco- September 19, 2011 at 11:18 am
When I read the title, I thought maybe Nick Newell was going to be our instructor today.
Fried Taco- September 19, 2011 at 11:16 am
If you ever find yourself in half guard... Not to be picky, but the move starts from side-control.