So, having posted about cross collar chokes from mount and samurai chokes from top side control, today's latest installment in the Back to Basics series will focus on the clock choke. Lest anyone deny it's effectiveness, you can see here for Wallid Ismail rendering Royce Gracie unconscious with the choke back in the day. It's a simple enough choke to set up and utilize--which is why I find it puzzling that I don't try to use it as much or as often as I should. It is especially well-suited for grapplers with a wrestling background and good control from top turtle. As always, the devil is in the details. So, I have poured over a ton of videos from the interwebs to find a handful that I found particularly useful. Note that each video contains unique (and sometimes conflicting) details. That's to be expected. Different set ups and details work better for different people depending on their size, strength, and the kind of game they play.
That said, on deck for today are instructionals by Hannette Staack, Orlando Sanchez, Robson Moura, JT Torres, two by Mario Sperry, and Jean Jacques Machado showing a modified version. These videos are followed up by three instructionals for how to escape the clock choke by Saulo Ribeiro, Master Mauricio Strauch, and William Vandry. So, watch, learn, and go train!
Setting Up the Choke:
Defending and Escaping: