Ultimate Submissions: Breaking down the Peruvian Neck Tie


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Pitching a perfect game or hitting four home runs in one game in baseball, hitting a hole in one in golf, scoring four goals in a soccer match or surpassing the triple-double to earn a quadruple-double.

What do all these things have in common? They are all very difficult to achieve in their respective sport. We rarely see them and when we do it is always nothing short of spectacular. What makes them spectacular is that they are so rare and only happen once in a great while.

In terms of mixed martial arts we see submissions all the time. We see rear naked chokes, triangle chokes, arm bars and guillotine chokes quite often, but how often are we treated to one of the more rare submissions in the sport?

If we are speaking of the Peruvian Neck Tie, then as far as I know.... twice.

Tony DeSouza of Nova Uniao, a Peruvian mixed martial artist is the man behind the rare submission. A jiu-jitsu specialist who was once a coach for Team Penn in the Ultimate Fighter (TUF), last saw action at UFC 79 in back in 2007. While never finishing anyone with the hold in an actual MMA fight, DeSouza is the man who modified the guillotine and labeled it the Peruvian Neck Tie.

For more history, technique and the notable uses, follow me after the jump


While owning wins over Luiz Azeredo and Dustin Hazelett, DeSouza has also faced the stiff competition of Thiago Alves and Roan Carneiro as well. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is said to have incorporated free style wrestling into the jiu-jitsu he learned under Andre Pederneiras to form a style he called "Cholitzu," a play on words mixing jiu-jitsu with "cholo" or basically a blend of racial ancestry. While playing in a modified sprawl position he then developed the Peruvian Neck Tie which at its core is a modified guillotine choke.

Not to be confused with the Bolivian Neck Tie (though similarities are there) the Peruvian neck tie choke is started either in the sprawl position or as we have seen when controlling the side of a turtled opponent. You want to gain head and arm control similar to that of the set-up of the Anaconda Choke and begin to stand up while holding the position. When clasping your hands you want to use the Gable Grip that we have talked about in previous posts.

The side that you have the "arm in" position for the choke is going to be the side you sit back on. That is where the standing up movement becomes key; you need your leg over his head. The leg that is on that side should be on the outside of the non-trapped arm. When you fall it is much more effective if you do so at an angle away from your opponent. Keep that leg over the head and the other leg should be placed stiffly along your opponent's back.

As for the finishing of the choke, when you are pulling you will have a considerable amount of force on the neck which makes for an extremely painful crank. By pulling your weight back with your hands clasped and legs used as leverage you will find that if you did the set-up right the tap will come quickly.

Here is an easy breakdown of the choke from a right handed grappler: From the sprawl, I reach my left arm under the arm pit, again, similar to the Anaconda set up. I will spin to the left side of my opponent and snake my left arm around the neck while keeping my thumb closest to the neck so to better snatch my Gable Grip. I grab my grip now and press my right forearm into the top of my opponent's neck. I will push his head down to the mat and from there it gets technical. I continue to slide to my left keeping that head pressure and I will place my left leg between my opponent's leg and quickly fall back and swing my outside leg over his head.

If the choke is done correctly you will use that leg to pull down your opponent's head at a bad angle and will then pull your arms into the throat. It is a devastating and powerful choke that should be practiced very cautiously.


Not this again, here I am sitting inside a Peruvian Neck Tie, so what do I do?

Well, to be honest, if you are already in the hold I suggest you begin tapping. Because this choke takes no time at all to choke you to sleep. But if you are ready to fight it then the best choice is to turn into the person who is trying the choke. He has to be about 90 degrees to get the choke in so turning parallel helps release the pressure. Relaxing helps too. Too many people get scared when in a bad situation. Relaxing often helps loosen grips and makes movements faster and more powerful to execute.

However, there are other methods as well. If you have the explosion and guts to attempt it I have seen the choke stopped when you explode up and stand up, forcing the aggressor to now attack from a more front headlock position. Another method is to keep a leg posted up so you do not give away leverage and that makes it more difficult to swing the leg and complete the choke.

Notable Usages of the Peruvian Neck Tie:

C.B. Dollaway submits Jesse Taylor


Dollaway starts with the hands already in position while maintaining side control high up on Taylor’s shoulder. Dollaway already has the left arm snaked through so basically maintaining what you can call a "cradle choke" of sorts. He works to put the outside leg over Taylor’s head who does very little to defend. My guess would be Taylor was in a bad spot, didn’t relax and was unfamiliar with the move. Dollaway gets the foot over the head and pulls back and places his other leg in position. From there he arches back, pushing his weight and crushing the neck of Taylor. Eventually Taylor gives up the turtled position and falls over into the pull of Dollaway. Shortly after, the tap out comes.

Brad Pickett chokes out Kyle Dietz


Again we start with the arms and hands in position. This time we get to see the opposite angle as we are facing towards the choked side of the submission. Dietz is also in the turtled position and as soon as Pickett gets the leg over the head Dietz begins to attempt to use the cage to defend. He tries to arch up and gain leverage and eventually uses the legs to somersault. Unfortunately for Dietz the choke is in too deep and when rolled over there is little chance of hipping out or getting leverage. The torque of the choke when rolled over earns the tap out.

That's it in a nutshell.

As always, comments and examples are encouraged. Anyone have anything to add from personal experience?

Until Next Time Maniac's.........

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