Guillotine choke to guard

Although the guillotine choke isn't my favorite submission, it's responsible for ending many fights. As I have already mentioned, a lot of opponents will set up their takedowns off strikes or evade one of your punches and shoot in, making it difficult to defend against the takedown by angling out to the side or sprawling. When this happens, you should pay attention to your opponent's form. Many fighters shoot in with their head down. If your opponent does this, you can wrap your arm around his head and apply a guillotine choke. There are two things you must achieve for the choke to work. You must secure the choke the moment you come down onto your back—you never want to willingly go to your back unless you're confident the choke will end the fight—and you must capture your opponent between your legs in the guard position. Just as with the previous technique, this is not something you look for. The option just sort of presents itself in the chaos of battle.

Paco shoots in for a double-leg takedown, catching me off guard. Instantly I see that his hands are low and his neck is exposed, making him susceptible to a guillotine choke.

It's too late to get my hips back and catch Paco underneath my sprawl, so I quickly maneuver my left arm around his head and slide my wrist across his neck. Notice that I have positioned my legs to the outside of Paco's legs. When I go down, this will ensure that I can capture him in my guard, which is pivotal for finishing the choke.

As Paco drives me to the ground, I wrap my legs around his waist to capture him in my guard. At the same time, I bring my right arm around to the front of his shoulder. Then I secure the guillotine choke position by gripping my hands together. It is important to notice that my right arm is not reaching underneath Paco's left arm—my arm is in front of his shoulder.

As my back comes down onto the mat, I interlock my feet and push Paco away from me using my legs. At the same time, I squeeze my arms to lock the choke tight. It is important to note that I'm not pulling my arms straight back. Instead, I am twisting my body slightly in a clockwise direction. This allows me to really tighten up the choke and ensures that my opponent either taps under the pressure or passes out.

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