Choke vs. Neck Crank
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I've been playing a lot with using my gi to choke my opponent from mount, side control and on top in half guard. It's a wicked good time.
That being said, I'm being told that sometimes it is more of a neck crank than a choke...though I'm having a lot of trouble as I'm trying to hit it to make the distinction.
Any tips on how I might be able to tell that I'm applying a crank versus a choke when often the attack is being made in a way that I can't really see? When I start hitting it my intention is for it to be a choke.
This happens most often when I am in side control, thread my gi under the head and then over on top of the neck, and while still holding it I switch to north-south, grab the collar w/ my other hand and switch back to side control. There are a few variations on this choke...but again, sometimes it ends up being a choke, sometimes a crank.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
That does help. Thank you.
But, excepting the fact that it's a douche move in training, if the crank looks like a choke it IS a choke generally speaking.
I've been "choked" on my teeth and face and cranked to tap by many "chokes" over the years. Hell, my sidechoke is usually a crank due to my fat arms unless you have an ostrich neck.
It's legit in most competitions as long as you're going for a legit choke and not blatantly cranking. Apply pressure gently and you'll get the tap 'cause there's nothing that says DQ for neck-cranking like an opponent with a herniated disc in his neck...
Its like when it's a choke it's a choke, when it's a crank it coulda been a choke, so it's still a choke cause it coulda been a crank, you know, and I'm sorry cause it could be a crank, it could be a crank, but if it's a choke...then the ref won't know the difference.
If you're cranking too much, you're doing it wrong anyway, cause a good crank should make for a quick tap, ie not enough time to get caught cheating.
You can see examples of neckcranks from Judo (yes, Judo), here: http://judoinfo.com/kubiwaza.htm Not legal in competition.
Thanks again all for the help.
Less technical, but still useful rule of thumb: if the person being neck cranked can't say the words "Neck crank!" to complain, then its a choke.
What if they gurgle them? I did that at a tourney and the guy had to let go of the choke.
What I'd do is have people try to do the same move on you and see if it feels like a choke or a crank.
What you'll also get is some people with bad necks will feel as if it's a crank even if technically it is a choke and would only be a choke on someone with no pre-existing neck injury.
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