Aug 15, 2008

Kenny Florian- S-Grip Guillotine

Kenny Florian, who is enjoying his recent win against Roger Huerta, shows us in an old seminar video, his S-Grip Guillotine, which when I learned it, was referred to as "the Vice." In my opinion, this is probably the strongest variant of the Guillotine while still standing, because it prevents the usual over-the-shoulder stallout, and it creates an immense amount of pressure without having to use the legs to extend. It also is easier to finish than the finger clasp guillotine, which is another plus. In short, a perfect thing to try to counter a sloppy and high clinch/takedown attempt that you stuff.

He just shows you the technique, but I will write down my personal setup, so read carefully-

-Opponent shoots in on you, but without changing levels too much and a little too slow. You, of course, sprawl. I'd recommend only going for this if you manage to get the beginnings of an over/under when you sprawl, and only if he tries to get back up rather than trying to finish the takedown.

-You bring your under arm around the neck, and get a good bite on it. Blade of the forearm right into his trachea.

-S-grip immediately, making sure to keep pressure on the top of his head with your chest.

-To finish, bring that outside arm, twist it over his shoulder, and turn it into his back, and push down. This puts an immense amount of pressure on his neck while securing his body a little more, preventing your opponent from posturing out of your choke. Step into him, squeeze everything tight, and arch your back for the quick tap.


Anonymous said...

I tried this on my friend, and I must say, I'm impressed.

I'm a bit of a noob, but do you suggest reverting to a normal guillotine if you decide to pull guard at that point?

Sorry if that is a stupid question.

Anonymous said...

Actually I wanted to ask the same question.

Punch Kick Choke (At Work) said...

That's actually an excellent question, but not so excellent in terms of getting a definite answer from me.

The traditional guillotine is a much better option if you're planning on jumping guard from the get-go, mostly due to two things-

1) The traditional guillotine allows for you to support more of yourself on your opponent with less effort and less chance of slippage, aka, good for jumping guard.

2) It's much easier to finish from guard... well, not much, but still easier to finish from guard. All you need to do with a traditional guillotine is pull up with your arms and extend your legs. With the S-Grip guillotine, what you need to do to finish the choke quickly is best described as a 3-D choke, where you are essentially contracting all of your upper body (chest, arms, abs) together while squeezing and extending your legs. In short, kind of hard to finish if you're absolutely exhausted, and your opponent is still very lively.

However, that doesn't answer the question at hand-

No, you probably shouldn't try switching in the middle of a guillotine, mostly because your struggling opponent will surely get out of your guillotine from the space you will create if you decide to change your grip.

A couple things to remember when you sprawl out on a sparring partner and you're deciding which guillotine to go with:

-Don't pull guard unless your opponent tries to take you down. You're likely to get a quick tap with this move anyway if you lock it in.

-Go watch what Eddie Bravo has to say about "mastering the squeeze" - it's a key component to this technique, and if you master it, this move will absolutely work for you both standing and in guard.

-If you're really sweaty, this guillotine is less likely to allow an escape by your opponent, as you are adding a barrier to the natural escape route with your outside arm.

Hope that helps.

Anonymous said...

thank you!

Anonymous said...

Thank"s also.

You said you liked Tai Otoshi and Osoto Gari I think this is new.