When Scott Devine--a 3rd degree black belt under Relson Gracie and the head of the association under which I train--was last in town for a seminar, he went over a number of chokes from side control and mount. As always, he provided some invaluable details on chokes ranging from the cross collar to the bread cutter. But one choke in particular that he showed seemed especially brutal. Indeed, he suggested it wasn't the sort of technique he would use on a training partner but rather a technique more suitable for competition (or even real life).
The technique he showed is a type of fist choke or punch choke. The more time that has passed and the more I have thought about the technique, (a) the more surprised I am this type choke isn't used more often, and (b) the less convinced I am that the technique is especially mean spirited. After all, for any blood choke to work, I need to cut off both carotid arteries. So, why should it matter whether I use my lapel, my forearm, or my fist/knuckles?!
Either way, I decided it might be nice to see what I could find on the interwebs. As usual, Youtube delivered the goods. Below I have included several different versions of punch chokes and fist chokes. The first video contains a version much like the one Scott showed when he was in town. The others are different variations on a similar theme. So, watch, learn, and go train!
The videos are below the fold: