Guillotine Choke Defense Using Front Head Lock Counter From Wrestling

Guillotine Choke Defense Using Front Head Lock Counter From Wrestling


Getting caught in a guillotine choke can be really frustrating. Me being a former wrestler, having a good guillotine choke defense was a must. One of the most frustrating things for me is getting caught while I’m going in for a takedown. This technique is one of the reasons why I don’t get caught very often. It’s simple but it allows so many options.

Luckily over the years I’ve had several training partners with really good guillotine chokes. Several of them set their guillotines up from the feet. Using a snap down style setup (similar to a front head lock). This had the benefit of forcing me to adjust and improve my defense against them.



Simple, But Effective, Guillotine Choke Defense Technique

In this video I show a guillotine choke defense that can be used. It’s very similar to a front headlock counter I learned years ago and has worked really well for me. I know the technique is incredibly simple and maybe seems like it’s not enough. But trust me. If you utilize the head up, stepping forward movement of this guillotine choke defense. People will have an incredibly hard time setting up their guillotine chokes from the feet on you. 

This standing defense is really good against people who try and snap your head down and go for the choke. But even the principle of getting two hands on 1 of theirs is going to be useful in almost any position that the chokes comes up.

With this guillotine choke defense video what I hoped to pass along was to continue moving and not freeze. Even if you decide to use a different technique for your goto guillotine choke defense. It’s so important to make sure that you don’t freeze up. Continue to adjust. I’ve seen so many younger guys get caught in a guillotine and just freeze up. You’ll see their hand getting ready to tap before the technique is full sunk in.

So give the technique a try, I hope it helps.

If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot them over to me.



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