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Naked Choke Escape

Reference: Ushiro Kubi Shime

CHOKES ARE DANGEROUS. SEE THE CHOKE WARNING. It is not shown here but when Uke attempts to choke, Nage's chin pulls down to Nage's chest tightening the neck muscles and Nage's shoulders shrug up to Nage's ears. Do not allow Uke to get a good choke as shown here except for training.

There are many escapes from standing rear chokes. This one is based on the same body movement that underlies the Aikido method of escaping Ushiro Kubi Shime. This is an easy method that is applicable to most rear attacks. It has the advantage of being very easy to execute when Uke is pulling Nage back and down. In general Nage can turn away from the choking arm as shown here or toward the choking arm. In any particular choke one of the directions might be more natural.

Example 1, Naked Choke Escape.

Movie of Naked Choke Escape.

Fig. 1 Start Fig. 2 Drop Shoulder Fig. 3 Face Uke Fig. 4 Push Face Fig. 5 Push Down

  1. Fig. 1 shows the start position. Uke has already applied the choke on Nage.
  2. In Fig. 2 Nage's left shoulder drops so Nage can turn to face Uke. Here the move is done slowly to demonstrate the body mechanics but in application Nage's left elbow might strike back between Uke and Nage as the shoulder drops. Nage would use the Kuta Startle Reflex.
  3. In Fig. 3 Nage has turned to face Uke and the choke is broken. Uke's arms are busy holding Nage but Nage's arms and legs are free for any of many attacks.
  4. Fig. 4 shows Nage's hands pushing Uke's face away and cranking Uke's neck. Nage likes neck cranks and this is pretty easy. Striking Uke's face for the crank can be very dangerous for Uke but Nage has many options.
  5. In Fig. 5 Nage has pushed Uke down and Nage is free.

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