There are hundreds, if not thousands, of moves in jiu-jitsu.
So many ways to attack, sweep, choke, lock, throw and submit. But there’s one move (or, more correctly, combination of moves) that is more important than all the other offensive moves when it comes to self defense.
It’s one of my bread and butter moves on the mat…
Almost every jiu-jitsu guy I know who has worked the door at a club as a bouncer has used it…
And quite a few of my cop friends have also used it…
This move is the arm drag to rear naked choke combination.
It’s a very robust move… It works great both in standup and on the ground. It works when there’s cloth to hang onto and also when people are in T shirts. And, most important, it works against both bigger and smaller people.
The arm drag to rear naked choke was one of the signature attacks that BJJ phenom Marcelo Garcia used to capture 5 world titles and many other championships.
And although many people forget about the legal implications of self defense (like the ‘second hit’ that happens after you KTFO an opponent and he falls to the sidewalk) the RNC is a fairly safe way to render someone unconscious.
With this move you’re basically teleporting to your opponent’s back where it’s really difficult for him to hurt you and then finishing him off with one of the most powerful chokes in the jiu-jitsu arsenal.
Here’s a video I shot for the Self Defense Tutorials Youtube channel on exactly how to do the arm drag to rear naked choke – check it out: