BJJ STREET: Street Ezekiel / Poppa-Zekiel

The BJJ STREET series is based on some conversations I have had with members of my gym and some guys outside of my gym who don’t train. This conversation is do Gi chokes and grips work on street clothes. Street clothes being t-shirts, jackets, long sleeve shirts, polo shirts etc. My answer has always been yes. They may need to be modified, but yes, a lot of the do. So fun and informational purposes, I asked some uppers belts at my gym to come up with their own techniques for me to film.

This technique is one of mine. I basically modified the principals of an Ezekiel choke and got it to work without sleeves. I asked multiple black belts if they had seen it before and all of them said “No, but it is a really good choke” and they didn’t see any holes in it. So I guess that means I get to name it hahaha. Im going with either Street Ezekiel or Poppa-Zekiel  :)


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19 Responses

  1. Jeremiah says:


  2. Cedric says:

    Really like this alot!

  3. Cedric says:

    Great idea! Wow, I really like it alot, thanks for posting!

  4. Samuel Braga says:

    This seems like a really good technique, I have never seen this before but I can’t see any holes in it. I will try it out and let you know. Good Job!

  5. Very creative! I can honestly say I’ve never seen this before, but I’m going to play with it (and other TShirt applications) asap!

  6. Pesadelo says:

    this is cool to see done here. I learned this choke in Sao Paulo a few years back and show it to my students in my fundamentals class. IMO this is something missing in a lot of BJJ gyms here. Great work! I look forward to seeing the rest of your series! God bless

    • POPPA ROTZEE says:

      Sweet, no one actually taught me this. I just made it up. Did they do it exactly like this? If so, that is cool, that let’s me know I’m on the right track :)

      • Pesadelo says:

        Yes… that is pretty much dead on except perhaps a little twist on hip placement….i.e. getting the hips out to the trapped arm side before the set up of the choke if possible.

  7. “dude! that’s dope, i honestly expected you to be biting off somebody else or just do the standard nogi ezekiel but that was so simple yet blew my mind. RESPECT!!

    (i watched with no audio at work so my following question may have been answered) My only concern is when you release the overhook to start bunching the shirt up, what are you doing to maintain control, are you just pulling legs in while keeping control over the neck? Releasing that overhook for the few seconds is the only hole i can see, are people able to posture up while doing this?

    I’m impressed!” – sherdog

    • POPPA ROTZEE says:

      Thanks man, means a lot and I’m glad you liked it. It came to me relatively easy, I just played with some things while trying to stick to some basic principals of bundling the shirt and staying protected. I encourage you all to play with it and some other techniques we will put out and if anyone can come up with their own and film it….feel free. If its good we will post it on BJJ.ORG as well

      Good question. I was being a lot looser for instructional purposes and so that the viewer could see what was going on better. When I first did this and we were letting them swing punches that didn’t connect testing things. I did everything tighter.

      The arm around the head is keeping posture broken. The over hook is preventing punches and helping to keep posture broken. When the over hook arm releases the hook…you can still keep some control by pinching the arm in place with the bicep so the han is free to bundle the shirt. The control wont be AS good as when there is a complete over hook..but the control is still there. And the top arm behind the head never moves and always controls posture.

      I also mention timing…you hold him in the initial position while he is freaking out and you wait till an opening comes.

  8. Curb1850 says:

    “Awesome idea! Good video.” – sherdog

  9. Donkey Kong says:

    “this is -genius-, this is fucking genius, BJJ needs more of this” – sherdog

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