How to Defend a Rear Naked Choke with Stephan Kesting


Hey. Ando here from senseiando.com. Boy, check this out. I’ve got the great Stephan Kesting, one of my original inspirational
figures to start my own YouTube channel. So, to be in the same room with you, sir
let me just like thank you for all the work that you do.
I’ve come to your site many times in the middle of the night looking for
solutions to grappling problems and it’s just an honor to work with you
today.

100 Replies to “How to Defend a Rear Naked Choke with Stephan Kesting

  1. I like the honesty of his teachings. He didn't pretend that breaking a rear naked choke was easy like a lot of defense videos I watch. Because it really isn't.

  2. If you tried to throw me over your shoulder, the second my feet left the floor, my legs would be locked around you and I'd be choking harder than I ever have in my life… It doesn't matter if I go over because you're coming with me and I ain't letting go.

  3. What if you just drop? Like put all your weight in the opponent's direction. Would that throw them off?

  4. How do you escape while 7 months pregnant? When I 7 months pregnant and put into a choke hold, I started to grab his head and flip him but my belly was in the way. I ended up hitting his face with the back of my head.

  5. I got taught that if you are completely f***ed, & your balance is broken – you might as well just pretend to be out. You never know, they might let go.

  6. That creeper stare at the end, Stephan…

    Good video, though, from two martial artists that I respect. When I teach self defense, I often advocate snatching those fingers, too. It's a move that's surprisingly overlooked by so many people.

  7. A great video. You are one of the people who inspired me to start a YouTube channel and share what I have learnt

  8. This is all good, but why don't you turn the other way (clock-wise) once you break the grip? I think that's better than the other direction. It puts you in charge.

  9. He did say if they get you in the hold you'll "go to sleep." It should be made clear you'll be unconscious not sleeping. "Sleeping" sounds nice, unconscious means as the follow up blows land you could die from them. Not wake up.

  10. Go for the eyes and at the same time try elbowing and kicking there leg not there foot it will not work unless they are crybabies
    oh and please bend over so they don't break your neck don't try throw them it won't work 50% of the time each fight is different remember that

  11. Or just pull out your knife and start stabbing to the rear…this works very well and takes less effort.

    The rear naked choke is designed to kill you. Make sure that you respond in kind.

  12. Hey that was great ! Could you also do one on the floor? Please! I was rear chocked on the floor number of times in my childhood MMA fighting plays with my shorter but strong neighbor and that was his favourite technique to end the fight as I couldn't figure out how to escape from it being on the floor on my back and with him behind. He has mastered that on me sadly and I never found the way to defend from it.

  13. Please, if you are going to demonstrate, use actual resistance. Grabbing the fingers will not work because if someone actually knows how to pull off a proper rear naked choke like that they will close their fist as soon as they feel you going for the fingers. That is if you are even remotely capable of moving it while it's pressing into your neck and their head is sealing it in.
    Remember you have 5 seconds at most, 3 or less if they are good at it
    Not only that but even if you get a hold of that arm, a person who knows how to grapple will just place the choking hand at their neck and choke you out using the side of their head one armed, while you try to control the locking arm.
    It's not impossible to get out, but if it is in tight like that you won't be getting out, and interlacing fingers is honestly just a daydream.

  14. may i ask what if the aggressor clenches his the fist on his hand behind your neck on a rear naked choke? how do we grab their fingers?

  15. What a treat…a very honest and actually very useful clip on YouTube about chokes!! 👍👍👍 Great to see two blokes who actually 'know their onions' talking real sense and being realistic about the situation. (Hope you don't mind me adding that the other chap seemed like an incredible teacher!!) Fantastic video mate! 👍

  16. I was expecting this video to be bullshit as most choke escape videos are, but this guy definitely knew what he was talking about

  17. You got 2-3 sec max, pull down as said, but turn or privet body inwards will create enough room room for leg strike below the knee.

  18. Yes , Stephan was one of the earliest practitioners that really spread jiujitsu and always professional and shows deep respect for the art,.

  19. Any Rear Choke is a potential Death hold, 100% correct do not turn your back on an opponent, but if you do find yourself in a rear choke then attacking the fingers may work ? But attacking the groin area is a much better option, if the attacker is stronger and hand and finger strength is greater or the attackers hands are in a fist then grabbing the fingers will not work or maybe not always be available.  Attacking the groin area is always an available better option as it is completely unprotected. The initial pull down on the attackers arms is also paramount, as the attacker will think you are trying to release the "Choke"  and will pull the attackers body closer to you, before you attack the "Groin" area repeatedly causing the attacker to move their body away to protect themselves, so you can then drop either shoulder and turning your body to get the release from the rear choke as was shown in the video.  ( This works try it and see, remember attackers do not like to be attacked)  !

  20. Tapping out in real life attack scenarios with not stop the choke. Many MMA fighters cannot defend against the rear naked choke thus becoming unconscious or tapping for the ref to stop the action. The same in real life; once you are being choked from behind your ability to defend, that is, normal people who are caught by surprise and have zero defensive fighting skills; all you can do is hope to not be killed from lack of oxygen to the brain. As in all You Tube defense videos they are done in controlled environments with trained fighters. Most victims of robbery, battery or just plain meanness are the elderly, weak and vulnerable. No help here, sorry.

  21. But again, it would be nice IF the person putting ON the Rear Naked Choke was really doing it, and doing it correctly, in earnest. IF he was, in a second you'd be 1) arched all the way back, falling back on the ground or with your feet off the ground, or 2) you'd be sitting down on the ground, on your butt, with guy behind you in proper technique position, where you'd only have several secs before you are blacked out. That's what they train in Judo all the time. How to apply the technique correctly and effectively, not half ass, and how to get out of it. Once and IF, the Rear Naked Choke is fully and correctly applied, your ability to pull down his arm to any effect is practically nil. One time I saw someone NOT do a Rear Naked Choke but instead had his forearm across side of face and was crushing his jaw with his thumb joint into his temple or around top hinge of jaw. Very Painful!!! that can turn into a problem if you put your jaw down, to try to protect your neck. If you can pull his arm down then he isn't doing it right or he will then apply it tighter. If you are able to grab the fingers of his other hand behind your head and effectuate its removal, then the guy isn't doing it right. IF … you ever get to the point you are at 4:50 of this video, and you have hold of his hand like that, and you spin, then just apply a wrist lock. I'm just assuming you don't know how from there, even though you already had it "on" when you spun around. Geeshh!! Why make it more difficult for yourself. There are far simpler and more effective ways to defend against a Rear Naked Choke and to get out of one, than what you are showing here. You had him onto an instant wrist lock and you let go!!

  22. Not seen or discussed much but what about biting? I don't mean just a hard clamping bite I mean an earnest attempt to tear off a piece as if to eat it.

    Years ago (and I mean a LOT of years) in one of the standard 1-hour "hand-to-gland combat" classes we got during my military service — no, not SEAL Recondo Gree Beret SpecOp stuff: this was given for standing topside watch — the instructors at ths base were keen on ripping your way out of the choke. The instructors (civilian contractors) actually taught to get your chin under the arm and bite like a canid: twist, tear, shake, etc. with the goal that you break free when you get a chunk loose. Determined, capable attackers generally have a high pain threshhold and the whole "punch/twist his ballsack" routine isn't nearly as debilitating to a truly tough guy but suddenly missing a McNugget-sized piece of your forearm is sufficient to dissaude most from contnuing the assault, at least long enough to allow your exit.

  23. Reminds of a guy I know who’s really really strong and really into the ufc. I had just learned the correct way to apply the rear naked and he told me that he could get out of it. I said not if it’s fully in. No way. He assured me he would definitely break out of it even if I had it fully locked in? So, what was I to do? I had to see this! I tried one last time to convince him of the folly of his belief but he was insistent that I apply the choke fully and he would dazzle all with his incredible escape artist abilities! I suppose it really was one of those, had to be there, situations but, I got behind him, got in position, wrapped my first arm deep around his neck, set the second arm in tight behind his head, dropped my head down and squeezed! Well if you’ve ever done or been on the receiving end of a good rear naked you know that one of two things happened next. He either tapped or went to sleep. He tapped! And he tapped quickly! Took about two seconds! He was coughing and eyes watering already. Wow! He said through his coughs, I guess I can’t get out of it? No Kidding Sherlock. Once a correctly applied rear naked is in, you’re going to sleep 😴

  24. I tried a similar technique against a 240lb MMA fighter and the first part of pulling own their arms using your body had no effect. He still had choke all the way in. I am pressure testing all known techniques against an MMA fighter with maximum resistance and will publish the results on you tube so we can see with no uncertainly what works and what doesn't.

  25. All you jewel grabbing, foot stomping, knife pulling, what if'ers have never been properly RNC-ed – you'll only get put to sleep or killed for your trouble.

    If you are getting RNC-ed, "you fucked up a long time ago" and are very likely taking a nap.

  26. I was taught this by my Tae Kwon Do instructor almost 40 years ago. It was taught to NYC cops in the eighties during the PCP epidemic. PCP is basically a horse tranquilizer that people used recreationally. It gives them strength and resistance to pain that they normally wouldn’t have. It’s also one of the reasons NYC cops went to forty caliber ammo from nine millimeter. More knock back power against someone on PCP who might absorb several smaller rounds and keep coming. The technique was called a carotid restraint. Unfortunately the way it was taught to the cops was bad. Put it on, lift the suspect off his feet, and release when he stops kicking. What would happen was airway restriction, panic, and death or brain damage. Excellent advice here.

  27. Speaking from a victim perspective, will holding your breath save you more time before passing out if the subject has the choke in full effect?

  28. 1 n 100 your method will work against an experienced fighter. 75/100 against non-experienced idiot. Best defense is NOT to get caught in a RNC.

  29. I always go for the eyes with intent to blind them . Take there eye sight and they are done for life

  30. So… a couple of weeks ago, the day after I got my blue belt, and the first time in a bar in don't even know of how long because I don't drink or go to bars, and long story short, this guy was trying to fight my brother who was trying to get away, I rnc'ed his ass to sleep and left. In truth, I ended up more injured them he. He went home that night eventually without injury, I stressed the muscles in my lower back from grabbing him so hard and bumping out his hips. It wouldn't have mattered if it were my professor himself, there was no getting out of it. The power of that move when done right….. it's amazing. I think he was unconscious in less than 3 second.

  31. Sensei Ando, this is JUN JJ KEPWENG RIYADH… not a blackbelt but i have my own solution:
    it's 2019 Aug 28, and i accidentally found this out while scanning YTube for practical/on the spot/blitzkrieg quick thinking martial reaction to a choke from behind/already sealed:

    FOR ME, EVEN THE MAN FROM BEHIND, HE BE A 200 POUNDER AGAINST A LESS THAN 100 POUNDER, THE PERSON LESS THAN 100 POUNDER ONCE HE FEELS THE HANDS AROUND HIS NECK FROM A 200 POUNDER, QUICKLY ROLLING AROUND HIS NECK AND SEALED, THIS I WILL EXECUTE –

    A VERY QUICK 1 INCH DEEP BITE INTO HIS RIGHT HAND MUSCLE BY MY TEETH GOING RIGHT AND BURY IT DEEP AT LEAST 1 INCH MY WHOLE FRONT TEETH UP AND DOWN THAT WILL LET HIS RIGHT HAND LOOSING THE CHOKE A BIT DUE TO THE MAXIMUM PAIN MY BITE RENDERS…

    ONCE WITH A WINK OF AN EYE HE LOOSENS THE LOCK, I WILL WITH SPLIT SECONDS BANG HARD MY BACKHEAD RIGHT INTO HIS NOSE… AND ONCE I HIT THE NOSE BULLEYE, AND SEE THE BLOOD FLOWS…. I WILL CLOSE BARE-KNUCKLE ONE OF HIS EYES ….

    AND ONCE HE STOOPS DOWN BECAUSE OF SEVERE PAIN AND BLOOD COMING OUT FROM HIS RIGHT MUSCLE ARM, AND BUSTED/BROKEN NOSE AND DAMAGED EYE…. WHILE HE IS STOOPING DOWN I WILL POSITION MY RIGHT ARM ELBOW AND HIT HIS SPINAL CHORD LIKE A KICK OF A HORSE RIGHT INTO THE MIDDLE SECTION OF HIS BACK HITTING THE SPINAL CHORD….

    THAT'S THE FINAL SOLUTION AND WHIRLWIND EXECUTION I WILL APPLY… AS MY LIFE IS IN DANGER , I WILL TRY ALSO TO PUT MY ATTACKER'S LIFE INTO WORST DANGER THAN HE WILL DO TO ME…

    IM NOT A BLACKBELTER BUT THESE ARE THE ULTIMATE FATAL COUNTER TO AN ATTACKING PERSON FROM BEHIND CHOKING YOU WITH SEALED 2 ARMS AROUND YOUR NECK…

    less effective solution as i have already undergone such attack and 2 times my attacker has loosen up, but i was not able to finish them off, they instead RAN AWAY… me as 65 kilos and them 150 kilos light heavy… my 2 attackers at diffferent occassion ran as fast they could having a damage right muscle upper right arm and bungled nose bleeding while they ran away from the scene… (luckily they are not armed with any sharp things)…

    less effective solutions are targetting their groins – NO, I DONT RECOMMEND THIS , AS IT IS QUITE DIFFICULT to do that….or PUNCH THEIR FACES !! NO ALSO, I TRIED TO DO THAT THESE ARE NOT EFFECTIVE COUNTERS…

    THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND BIZARRE COUNTERS, AS I HAVE DONE THEM ACTUALL IN 2 ATTACKS ON ME ARE:
    1ST – BITE DEEP INTO HIS RIGHT ARM MUSCLE
    2ND – BANG YOUR BACK HEAD QUICK AND HARD AGAINST HIS FACE FRACTURING HIS NOSE
    3RD – CLIP YOU FOREARM LEAVING YOUR BARE KNUCKLES' MIDDLE FINGER TO PROTRUDE AND BANGING IT AGAINST ONE OF HIS EYES
    4TH (and the most deadly) – POSITION YOUR RIGHT ELBOW AND COMING FROM HIGH ABOVE LEVEL, BANG THIS ELBOW RIGHT THROUGH HIS MIDSECTION AT THE BACK TARGETTING HIS BACK SPINAL CHORD…

    NOTE:
    Above 4 methods MUST BE DONE IN SUCCESSION. I HAVE DONE IT IN SEPARATE 2 ACTUAL OCCASSIONS and HAVE SUCCESSFULLY APPLIED "1ST" AND "2ND"…. on these 2 occassions i was not able to finish my 2 attackers on my 3RD and 4TH methods as these 2 attackers RAN AWAY bleeding and in pain…

    REMEMBER:
    MY FIRST METHOD "1ST" WHEN U APPLY IN ACTUAL ACTUAL FROM BEHIND MUST BE VERY VERY VERY PAINFUL AND SHOULD BURY YOUR UP AND DOWN TEEH AT LEAST AN INCH INTO HIS RIGHT ARM MUSCLE VER NEAR HIS ARMPIT…
    THE FIRST COUNTER ATTACK MUST BE ULTIMATELY SUPER EFFECTIVE AS ONCE IT IS TOP SUCCESSFUL, THEN U CAN EASILY APPLY MY 2ND , 3RD AND 4TH DEADLIEST METHOD…

    good luck, friendz… im not a black belter but i my studying hard how to kill by BARE HANDS… ON THE SPOT IF A DEMONIC-DRIVEN ATTACKER COMES ALONG EVEN WITH GUNS PUT ON MY HEAD AND TEMPLE, I WOULD LIKE AND WISH TO MEET THIS KIND OF PERSON FACE TO FACE, ON A CLOSE TO CLOSE MUGGING. AND I WILL APPLY MY DEADLIEST BARE HANDS COUNTER…

    THERE U GO.. ANYONE LEARNED FROM MY ACTUALL COUNTERS TO MY 2 ACTUAL ATTACKS DONE ON ME?

    IM A RELIGIOUS GUY, BUT WHEN I MEET DEMONIC-DRIVEN PEOPLE, I GIVE THEM MY SATANIC IMAGINATION TO DAMAGE THEM PERMANENTLY… IM NOT GIVING THEM GODLY MERCY… IM GIVING THEM THE WHOLE HELL ON THEIR LIVES…

    this is jun jj kepweng riyadh / mamertomj@gmail.com ( as i combine most of the martial arts discipline, i only pick up those fatal and deadly and from there, i create my own imagination to make them more practical, effective, deadly, fast with speed SUPRISING MY ENEMY WHO IS SUPPOSED TO SURPRISE ME INSTEAD…. I WILL MEET WITH SPEED THEIR ATTACKING ELEMENT OF SURPRISE THEORY…. IF THEIR SPEED IS 200…. I WILL TRY TO STUDY AND RECALIBRATE AND MULTIPLY THAT WITH MY OWN METHOD OF COUNTER TO BREAK AND INSTEAD SURPRISE THEM, INSTEAD ME BEING SHOCKED… THAT WILL BREAK ONE'S FIERCE ATTACK BY BEING SPEEDILY SURPRISED THAN WHAT HE CAN DO…

  32. Excellent video. It’s actually a little scary that people with no respect are picking up techniques that are not only very effective, but are so effective and easy to do that even seasoned martial artists have a hard time countering or escaping it.

    Years ago people were doing the knock out game and it’d just be a nightmare if they did a choke out game. As much as I enjoy MMA, I’m not exactly sure if it’s a good idea if a bunch of punks can easily learn techniques that can kill a person.

  33. As great as throws are. You must set up, and execute the throw faster than your enemy can do so with the choke. Anyway, great to know how to defend against this choke before, during, and after the execution.

  34. Why not drop down on one knee and roll them over your shoulder easily? They will be light as a feather because now they are off balance.

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