Hey Southern Soul family!

Today, we’re diving into one of the sneakiest submissions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: the Ezekiel choke from closed guard. This technique is not only a great way to surprise your training partners, but it’s also a fantastic addition to your submission arsenal. Let’s break it down step-by-step so you can start catching your opponents off guard (pun intended) on the mats!

Understanding the Ezekiel Choke

The Ezekiel choke is typically associated with the top position, especially in gi grappling. However, when executed from the closed guard, it becomes a powerful tool that can catch even seasoned grapplers by surprise. The key to a successful Ezekiel choke from the closed guard is leverage, positioning, and a bit of stealth.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Ezekiel Choke from Closed Guard

  1. Establish Your Closed Guard: Begin by pulling your opponent into your closed guard. Ensure you have a solid grip and control over their posture. Breaking their posture down is crucial to limit their movement and set up the choke.
  2. Grip Setup: Use your dominant hand (let’s assume it’s your right hand) to reach across and grab your opponent’s left sleeve at the wrist. Make sure you get a firm grip.
  3. Create a Frame: With your left hand, reach inside your opponent’s right collar, aiming for a deep grip. If you’re in no-gi, you can simply use your left hand to grab behind their neck. This setup not only stabilizes your position but also begins the choke.
  4. Position Your Forearm: Slide your right hand inside the crook of your left arm. Your right forearm should now be across the opponent’s neck, setting up the choke. Your left arm acts as a frame, creating the pressure needed for the choke.
  5. Apply Pressure: To finish the choke, extend your right arm forward while simultaneously pulling your left hand back and squeezing your elbows together. The combination of these actions will tighten the choke around your opponent’s neck, leading to the submission.

Key Tips for Success

  • Stay Tight: Keeping your movements compact and controlled is essential. Any space you give can be used by your opponent to escape.
  • Use Your Legs: Your legs play a critical role in breaking your opponent’s posture and keeping them in place. Keep your guard tight and use your legs to control their hips.
  • Practice Patience: The Ezekiel choke from the closed guard can be a bit tricky to master. Practice it slowly and focus on the details of your grips and positioning.
  • Mind Your Angles: Adjusting the angle of your forearm and the pressure of your grip can make a significant difference. Experiment with slight changes to find what works best for you.

Why We Love the Ezekiel Choke

At Southern Soul Academy, we believe in empowering our students with techniques that are not only effective but also versatile. The Ezekiel choke from the closed guard is a perfect example. It teaches us to use leverage and precision over brute strength, aligning perfectly with the principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Remember, mastering any technique takes time and consistent practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t catch it right away. Each attempt is a step closer to perfecting your craft. And always, always train with respect and care for your training partners.

If you have any questions or want to see this technique in action, don’t hesitate to ask one of our instructors during class. We’re here to help you grow and succeed on your BJJ journey.

Stay connected, keep training hard, and we’ll see you on the mats!

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Warmest regards,

The Southern Soul Academy Team