How to Finish a Rear Nake Choke – Being MEAN!

April 29, 2013
3 minutes read

Okay it’s Sunday, and there’s no better day than the “laziest” day of the week for me to remind you to NEVER be lazy on the back!

The fact of the matter is, there is no better position than back mount, and getting yourself used to the right MENTALITY from this position is as – if not MORE important than learning the right “moves.”

It’s More About Mentality Than About “Moves”

I’ll explain.

In most BJJ positions, there are tons and tons and tons of options to win with. In the back mount, there’s no room for fancy-ness, you want to get under the chin, they don’t.

You want to choke them, they don’t want to be choked.

Your attacks are limited and their defenses are limited.

Doesn’t make the positions that much more interesting, but it IS a position where – if you stay there – only you can win, and only they can lose.

The Rear Naked Choke even works against Alligators… go figure!

 Rear Naked Choke: Best 2 Strategies for Getting the Tap!

 1) Get the choke in transition! If they don’t realize you’re on their back, it’s the best time to sink the choke deep. Get it WHILE you’re on the way to the back.

2) If you can’t do that… you’re next best option is to beat the heck out of their face and hit them from a ton of angles to eventually overwhelm them with pressures, pain, and brutality.

Don’t get me wrong!

I’m a nice guy and I love all my training partners and even my opponents in competition. But if it’s competition time, you have to take the back mount seriously, and if you watch the BEST grapplers fight from there, it isn’t pretty.


PS: I had a LOT of great questions from yesterday about your #1 back mount problems! (Thanks Jacob L, Kaitlin, and others). 

Email me with the Subject: “Back Mount Question” and I’ll hope to be able to film a custom video this coming week for you to show the rest of the MicroBJJ readership.

PPS: For everyone who wanted to know if the Berimbolo course was still in a 2-for-1 deal with my Infamous “50-50 Fundamentals” course, the answer is YES! Check it out here.  

Daniel Faggella
Daniel Faggella

Coach Daniel is the founder and head publisher at Science of Skill, LLC. A martial arts black belt and self defense instructor, Dan has spent years training with and interviewing some of the world's best self protection experts. His passion lies in encouraging others to train smart and to improve the skills that make them safer and stronger.

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