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The “Monson Choke”

Well, after keeping a close tab on your feedback, two rival camps arose. Those in support of a voiceover and those wanting subtitles. All told, the subtitles folks had the edge by about 10 votes. And just as I was about to begin work on putting them into the clip, Coach Kiser made a last minute call to the governor (Mr. Monson himself) who requested the voiceover approach.

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As Mr. Monson heads up against Daniel Cormier later on tonight in the Strikeforce event, I can’t help but root for the guy. On the outside, our games, outlooks and overall approach to MMA could not be more different, but on the inside, I can definitely appreciate his counter culture mentality and independent approach to life and philosophy. And I have to respect any man that would step on the mat, and share a training session, man to man, eye to eye, simply for the love of the art the way that Jeff Monson does.

With any luck, we’ll see another victem fall prey to the Monson Choke tonight. God Speed Mr. Monson.

Arm In Guillotine From Sit Up Sweep

This is an awesome technique taught by our friend, a Pedro Sauer BJJ Black Belt and MMA fighter, Paul Sizemore.

The Arm In Guillotine can be more effective than the regular Guillotine, especially against seasoned opponent’s because the escape and counter measures are different since the arm that would usually go over the back is now trapped.

Enjoy!

The Half Guard and Guardless Guillotine Chokes

For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the Guillotine Choke. I’ve had more changes of opinion concerning this technique than perhaps any other. I’ve gone from simply noting it as a possible option/threat, to considering it a total asset, back to being casually aware of it and then back to thinking that it’s the cat’s meow. No other move has had the ability to reinvent itself to me as the Guillotine.

It’s such a simple move but just when you think you’ve got it pegged you come across a different variation, a small tweak, a different way of using it. It’s like the duct tape of submission holds. And here is a real beauty demonstrated by my good friend and CSW coach, Brandon Kiser.

I’d like to note a couple things here. You will often find us demonstrating or sharing unconventional techniques on this site and our youtube profile (www.youtube.com/TakingItToTheMMAT). This is not because we value the unconventional approach more than the conventional. It is not because we think these techniques are any better or higher percentage than the basics. Our position is that our viewers should be training under qualified instructors who should be more than capable of presenting and teaching the basics and traditional methods. And there are plenty of resources where more information can be found concerning these.

Our hope is that we can share some ideas that may not be so readily available and or give our viewers food for thought concerning possibilities they may not have otherwise considered.