Do gi choke work on street clothes? Yes! I had a friend once tell me that a choke won’t work with a t-shirt. When I disagreed he offered to let me prove it. One rolling loop choke and a quick nap later…he agreed 🙂
There is a lot of discussion on whether or not Gi chokes are relevant or applicable outside of the mat. We decided to start a series that illustrate how chokes and grips can be applied to regular close. Chokes may not be the GO TO move, but its nice to know the option is there. You may not want to beat some one bloody from the mount….it may be easier or more civil to just choke them with their T-shirt.
It is true that it is harder to practice with regular T-shirts, because when you yank on it for hours it will eventually stretch or rip. In a fight it only takes one choke. There are also things you can do to reduce the chances that the shirt will rip. One such thing, is to bundle the shirt up in your hands so that there is more material.
Disclaimer: Again, this isn’t to show you that you “Should do this” but more to combat the myth that you “Couldn’t do this”.
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