Easily defending the standing guillotine with Bas Rutten

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Mixed martial arts legend, Bas Rutten gives a lesson on how to easily escape from an opponent’s guillotine choke.

The guillotine choke, also known as Mae Hadaka Jime in judo, is a chokehold in martial arts and wrestling applied from in front of the opponent. The choke involves using the arms to encircle the opponent’s neck in a fashion similar to a real guillotine.

If done properly, you should be able to do this technique to a person your size, or slightly bigger. If they are much bigger than you, you would use a different technique.

Guillotine defense
Guillotine defense

The technique is either a type of tracheal compression restraint, or wind choke, that prevents air flow to the lungs, or a blood choke depending on how it is applied. When executed from the ground, the person applying it will try to control the opponent by the hips, for instance using a closed guard.

This is done to prevent the opponent from escaping the hold, and to be able to apply additional pressure by extending the hips. It is a very effective maneuver when performed correctly.

The arm is wrapped around the trachea and the hands are clasped. Pressure is applied upwards to restrict blood flow to the head, eventually causing unconsciousness and, if applied for more time, even death. It is taught in various grappling martial arts and is considered universal to grappling, including Jujutsu, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Judo, as well as in mixed martial arts competition and exists as one of the most instinctive chokes. [source: wiki]

Check out Bas Rutten’s version on how to escape a standing guillotine choke.


Bas Rutten is a Dutch retired mixed martial arts fighter, a Karate and Taekwondo black belt, and a Muay Thai kickboxer. He was a UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three-time King of Pancrase world champion, and finished his career on a 22 fight unbeaten streak with 21 wins and 1 draw.