Rear Naked Choke - "Figure Four" Variation

"Figure Four" Variation

This variant is considered to be a "blood choke" because it restricts blood flow to the brain via the carotid arteries. When done correctly, it can cause temporary unconsciousness in a few seconds. The following is a description of this technique using the left arm.

  1. The attacker's left arm encircles the opponent's neck, with the opponent's trachea at the crook of the elbow.
  2. The attacker's left hand then grasps his own upper right arm .
  3. The right hand is placed behind (or occasionally on top of) the opponent's head.
  4. The elbows are then brought together such that lateral pressure, from the biceps and radius bone, is applied to the neck on both sides.

When applied properly unconsciousness occurs in less than 10 seconds and recovery from the choke is just as quick.

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