Aug 3, 2008

Guillotine Counter: Bicep Slicer Escape (Submissions 101)

I haven't been trapped in a guillotine during a BJJ or MMA rolling session for a few weeks now, so I haven't really thought about it, but I found an elegant solution to a guillotine choke when your opponent is really cranking it, and you can't tripod up on your feet to relieve the pressure- the Bicep slicer/crush/cutter.

-Opponent has a Guillotine sunk in deep, and you can't posture out of it, either because your posture's broken or you're panicking, and you need a desperation escape.

-As your opponent cranks it harder and harder, the opening between the armpit and body on the far side will start to become wider.

-Lean towards the side your head is on, to create space to bend your far-side arm and feed it through that opening.

-Post that hand flat on the mat, making sure that the blades of the forearm are in the direction of the biceps.

-Push up with the hand on the head side, to lean your body and roll your opponent's weight onto the forearm that's now digging into the bicep for the bicep slicer.

*He will let go of the guillotine, but be wary that he now has an easy transition to over-under control from guard, so you still have your work cut out for you.


Zack said...

I tried this at my school today. My teacher and I failed to get this to work...There just wasn't enough pressure to get the slice. I worked my arm through, put the hard part of my forearm against his bicep and rolled our weight onto that side. Am I forgetting something?

Punch Kick Choke said...

I guess it's a bit of a misnomer to call this a bicep slicer, because it's meant to just cause enough discomfort to make the guy with the guillotine loosen his grip enough for you to pull your head out.

Make sure that-

-you're really getting that forearm tight into the elbow bend

-When you're leaning, you need the hand posted flat on the ground, and as you're leaning towards it, start to bend the arm towards the mat to get more pressure in.

The way I got it to work for me was to make sure the contact point was just a couple inches above my wrist, where it was bony enough to cause pain. I think this escape may not work if you have meaty forearms. :/

If it's really just not working, but you're stuck in that position after trying it, risk getting swept and post out the leg that's toward your head, grab around the forearm that's around your neck, and kind of explosively arch diagonally while twisting towards the bicep slicer.

You'll probably won't get a tap from this even if you do it right, but it's a half-decent way to get your head out of a bad spot.

Hope that helps.