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Every guy out there wants to learn how to fight. It's why we shell out huge amounts of cash for martial arts lessons, read up on combat strategies from around the world, and watch professionals in the ring. What we're hoping is that we'll learn the secret that'll turn us into a Hollywood-style action star. The unfortunate reality of fights that take place off the silver screen though is that 9 times out of 10 they go to the ground. So it doesn't really matter if you've mastered the spinning butteryfly scissor kick if you have no ground game. Fortunately grappling is just another martial art, and one of the simplest holds you can put an opponent in is called the Guillotine. Sounds fearsome huh? Well, it's also relatively simple to do.

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What The Guillotine Is

The Guillotine is a submission hold, but specifically it's a choke hold. Now you can either perform it as an air choke, where you cut off your opponent's breath, or a blood choke, where you cut off the flow of blood to the head. The latter is the same principle that the sleeper hold (mentioned above) works off of. However, for the purposes of the instructions below, perform the Guillotine as a blood choke. It's more effective, and it sounds a lot more intimidating.

How Do You Do It?

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Not like this.

All right, first things first. The Guillotine is traditionally started while you are "standing" on the ground. This means that you're crouched down, often on one knee while your opponent is in front of you. Your opponent needs to be lower than you are as well, so picture him on all fours while you are still relatively vertical. This is the starting position for the move.

What you need to do is push your opponent's head down and to the side so that the back of his head is in your armpit. We'll use right side for this instruction, but just switch to left side in your mind if that's the side you're more dominant with. Take your right arm and slip it down the outside of your opponent's neck, curling round underneath. Reach down with your left hand and grab your wrist, pulling your right arm up. At this point you should have the crook of your elbow against your opponent's throat, your bicep on one side of the neck and your forearm on the other, your secondary hand grabbing your primary wrist and your primary thumb pressed up against your shoulder. Once you get here all that's left to do is squeeze with your bicep and forearm. In seconds you'll disrupt the flow of blood and if your opponent doesn't tap out they'll pass out.

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The Guillotine is a flexible hold, and you don't have to be above your opponent to do it; you can also do it from a ground position. If your opponent comes at you and knocks you back (say for this example that he tackles you in a traditional wrestling "spear" with his head right next to your body) you're not out of options. Wrap your legs around your opponent, locking your ankles together behind the waist. Follow the previous formula with the back of your opponent's head in your armpit and the front of his throat in the crook of your arm. If you need additional leverage then extend your legs to put more pressure on your opponent's torso. This will make him stretch out his neck, giving you even greater access and cinching the hold even tighter. And of course if you grip hard enough and pull with your legs and your arms, the Guillotine might become literal. So always be careful when executing this hold, and be sure that you have proper supervision.