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Escaping from a Standing Guillotine


BJJ Self Defense

Start off 2013 with Prof. Otavio Sousa as He Shows How to Defend from a Standing Guillotine Attack

We’ve all seen the devastating power of a standing guillotine in MMA fights. For those who may be wondering what best way to escape from it, Professor Otavio Sousa shows there are simple, yet intelligent ways to defend and eventually escape from the attack.

The guillotine’s power stems from the pressure being placed on the neck. There are  variations of the hold such as hands clasped together that puts the pressure on the sides of the neck, or the the forearm pressing against the windpipe. In this video, Professor Octavio demonstrates that hand control can help you defend against it.

About the Professor

Professor Octavio Sousa teaches at Gracie Barra Irvine. He’s a direct student of world renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legend Ze Radiola. His recent stint is being included in the shortlist of combatants in the recently concluded Metamoris Pro back in October of 2012. His track record includes winning a world title for four times before the age 26.

Main Achievements:

  • World Champion (2012, 2007 – brown absolute)
  • Pan American Champion (2010)
  • New York Open Champion (2012)
  • Las Vegas Open Champion (2011)
  • World Silver Medallist (2007 brown)
  • World Nogi Silver Medallist (2009)
  • Pan American Silver Medallist (2009 absolute, 2008, 2007 brown)
  • Brazilian National Silver Medallist (2004 purple)
  • European Open Silver Medallist (2008, 2007 brown)
  • World Bronze Medallist (2009, 2008)
  • World Nogi Bronze Medallist (2011)
  • Pan American Bronze Medallist (2011)


Enjoy the video!

One response to “Escaping from a Standing Guillotine”

  1. Kristoffer Blackie Chan Hargrove says:

    I love this its simplistic and the most rational option in breaking the standing guillotine, its reminiscent of the Wing-Chun application chi-nan. In Chi-Nan the joints at the wrist and the elbow are manipulated to create opportunities to take down or evade and opponents take down. Oss!

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