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Naked Choke

CHOKES ARE DANGEROUS. SEE THE CHOKE WARNING.

The naked refers to the fact that it does not use clothing as in collar chokes.

Example 1, Naked Choke.

Movie of Naked Choke.

This is a very common choke used in many martial arts including McMat, the Marine Core art. It is included here to illustrate that when wrestlers come in for Ushiro they only hold the wrist for an instant and then release it. They do not hold on so that it is easy to do techniques using their grip on the wrist.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Strike Fig. 3 Catch Wrist Fig. 4 Catch Neck

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start position. Uke and Nage are far enough apart that their extended lead arms do not quite touch.
  2. In Fig. 2 Nage strikes at Uke to get Uke's hand up.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Nage catching Uke's hand for an instant to pull Uke in and get behind Uke.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage immediately striking Uke's throat after briefly pulling Uke's wrist in and down. This choke will be done with Nage's elbow in front of Uke's wind pipe.

5. Fig. 5 shows the Naked Choke. Nage's right hand is holding Nage's left biceps. The back of Nage's left hand is placed on the back of Uke's head. Then to tighten the choke Nage inhales, pulls back Nage's shoulder blades with Nage's back muscles and rotates Nage's left hand so that the little finger side of the hand presses against the back of the head. At the same time Nage pulls Uke back and down close to the floor. This was not done here because it can easily break Uke's neck.

Fig. 5 Choke

Example 2, Naked Sleeper.

Movie of Naked Sleeper.

The Naked Sleeper is a variation of the Naked Choke. It is a sleeper because it only cuts off the blood to the head and does not press on the wind pipe.

In Farmer Barns, Matt Furey teaches this as an alternative to the Naked Choke. In old time Catch Wrestling chokes were illegal but head cranks were allowed. This Sleeper cranks the head to the side and does not touch the wind pipe so it was legal. It is very dangerous because it feels like Uke's neck will break.

Fig. 6 Start Fig. 7 Strike Fig. 8 Catch Wrist Fig. 9 Strike Neck Fig. 10 Sleeper

  1. Fig. 6 shows the start position. Uke and Nage are far enough apart that their extended lead arms do not quite touch.
  2. In Fig. 7 Nage strikes at Uke to get Uke's hand up.
  3. Fig. 8 shows Nage catching Uke's hand for an instant to pull Uke in and get behind Uke.
  4. Fig. 9 shows Nage immediately striking Uke's throat after briefly pulling Uke's wrist in and down. This choke will be done with Nage's biceps in front of Uke's wind pipe. Nage's forearm is on the right side of Uke's neck.
  5. Fig. 10 shows the Naked Choke. Nage's right hand is holding Nage's left biceps. The back of Nage's left hand is placed on the right side of Uke's head. Then to tighten the choke Nage inhales, pulls back Nage's shoulder blades with Nage's back muscles and rotates Nage's left hand so that the little finger side of the hand presses against the side of Uke's head. This quickly cuts off the flow of blood to the head and it also pushed Uke's head to Uke's left shoulder. This puts tremendous stress on Uke's neck making it difficult for Uke to move.

    At the same time Nage pulls Uke back and down close to the floor. This was not done here because it can easily break Uke's neck.

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