Arm triangle choke

Arm triangle choke, side choke, or head and arm choke are generic terms describing blood chokeholds in which the opponent is strangled in between their own shoulder and the practitioner's arm. This is as opposed to the regular triangle choke, which denotes a chokehold using the legs, albeit with a similar mechanism of strangulation against the opponent's own shoulder. An arm triangle choke where the practitioner is on the side of the opponent and presses a forearm into the opposite side of the neck of the opponent is known as a side choke, such as from the kata-gatame hold.

Arm triangle choke
Arm triangle choke from the side control position
Arm triangle choke from the side control position
StyleJudo, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Catch Wrestling
AKAArm triangle

Anaconda chokeEdit

An anaconda choke is an arm triangle from the front headlock position.[1] The performer threads his or her arm under the opponent's neck and through the armpit, and grasps the biceps of the opposing arm. The performer then attempts to pin the opponent onto the trapped shoulder so as to better interrupt the flow of blood, all the while applying pressure with the grasped biceps. The performer may accomplish this by rolling the opponent over the trapped shoulder, (known as a gator roll) and use the momentum to turn the opponent onto his or her trapped shoulder. The creator of this choke is unknown, although many sources point towards UFC veteran Milton Viera.[2] Viera himself has disputed this however and has gone on record as not claiming to be the originator of the Anaconda Choke, explaining that it is likely that multiple people came up with the same choke simultaneously.[3]

D'Arce choke/Brabo chokeEdit

The D'Arce choke, or Brabo choke, is similar to the Anaconda choke. The difference is that the choking arm is threaded under the near arm, in front of the opponent's neck, and on top of the far arm. The choke gets its name from Joe D'Arce, a third-degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie. D'arce is not the inventor of the choke however, he merely popularized its use in competition. Instead the Luta Livre practitioners point to its originator being Bjorn Dag Lagerstron who discovered the choke when attempting to perform an Anaconda Choke in practice, and getting his arms the wrong way round.[4] During a sparring session with Jason Miller, the choke surprised Miller, who gave it the name and pronunciation "Darce" rather than the proper "D-Arsee," when D'Arce did not have a title for the technique.[5]


  1. ^ Pearson, Charlie. Anaconda choke. URL last accessed March 4, 2006.
  2. ^ History of the head and arm choke
  3. ^ Viera doesn't want credit for the anaconda choke
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  5. ^ "Joe D'Arce Explains His Namesake Choke – D'Arce". BJJ Eastern Europe. Retrieved 2020-05-06.

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