There’s nothing worse than being in a tournament match, working like hell to pass somebody’s guard, only to have him or her roll to their knees at the last minute to avoid you getting the points. You’d better have a way to make them pay for that tactic of gaming the system. One man who should strike fear into anyone looking to “turtle up” is Jean-Jacques Machado: the most decorated warrior of the Machado clan. Jean-Jacques was kind enough to allow us a look at just a few of the various ways he attacks opponents who choose to turtle up. Each choke is more fierce and effective than the last. Joining us on this shoot is Matt Baker, one of Jean-Jacques’ black belts and a seasoned competitor.
Rolling Collar Choke
This attack comes from a slightly off-center north/south angle with your knees back, not too close to your opponent, applying pressure with your chest against the back of his shoulders. Be sure that your knees are behind your hips. This is important so that your opponent can’t easily reach and grab the back of your knees.
1. With the opponent turtled up, reach in with your left hand underneath his right arm. Use that hand to open up his right side collar.
2. Use your right hand to reach between his left shoulder and neck to get a grip of his right collar with a four-finger inside grip. The left hand is just feeding the collar to the right.
3. Once there’s a grip of the collar, switch your head to your opponent’s right side with your head between his right arm and leg.
4. Immediately reach with your left arm to hug his right leg at the knee.