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Guard Guillotine

Movie of escape from Guard Guillotine.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Arm Behind Back Fig. 3 Bridge

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start position in the Guillotine. From this position Nage rotates some to get a different camera angle for the next picture. This is not part of the technique.
  2. In Fig. 2 Nage's right arm reaches around Uke's neck to trap Uke.
  3. Fig. 3 shows Nage in a forward bridge with Nage's right shoulder putting pressure on Uke's neck or face. This is unpleasant for Uke and it makes it difficult for Uke to put pressure on Nage's neck.

    Fig. 4 Relieve Neck Fig. 5 Wedge Leg Fig. 6 Trap Leg

  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage's left arm reaching between Nage and Uke to pull Uke's arm and relieve pressure on Nage's neck. This may not be necessary because the bridge makes it difficult for Uke to choke Nage.
  5. In Fig. 5 Nage's left elbow wedges between Nage's body and Uke's leg so that Nage's elbow can push Uke's leg down and trap Uke's leg.
  6. Fig. 6 shows Uke's leg down and Nage's shin coming over Uke's leg to hold it down. This is necessary because Nage wants to get out of the guard. If Uke's right leg is not held down Uke can get Nage in a half guard with this leg as Nage escapes Uke's opposite leg.

    Fig. 7 Trap Other Leg Fig. 8 Escape Guard

  7. Fig. 7 shows Nage's right leg coming over Uke's left leg to escape the guard. This movement is difficult to do without kneeing Uke in the groin because Uke's groin is in the way. Because this is not sport kneeing the groin is not a problem.
  8. Fig. 8 shows Nage with both legs out of the guard.

    Fig. 9 Head Crank

  9. In Fig. 9 Nage's right forearm presses against the left side of Uke's face forcing Uke's head to turn to the right for a head crank. This makes it very difficult for Uke to maintain the head lock. From this position Nage easily finishes Uke.

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