GB Technique: Anaconda vs Darce Choke. What Is The Difference?

This week on GB Blog we tackle a GB student question: What is the difference between the Anaconda choke and the Darce choke?
Let’s take a look at some variations of these No-Gi chokes with some of the top Gracie Barra Black Belts
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We often get the question from GB students – Q: What is the difference between the Anaconda Choke and the Darce choke? Both chokes involve capturing the opponent’s head and arm together in the lock. A quick glance, it’s easy to confuse the 2 different techniques.
What makes the difference is which side of the opponent’s head you are making the “knot” / crossing your arms together?
Note the side of the opponent’s head that the attacker’s arms are triangled.
Let’s have a look at both techniques separately.
Darce Setup From Butterfly guard sweep
Prof Joe shows us how to look for the Darce choke opportunity in the scramble following a sweep. The opponent is focused on recovering the top position and vulnerable to a sneaky Darce choke.
Anaconda choke
Prof Joe Scarola demonstrates how to catch the Anaconda choke in the scramble. Note how the “knot” – the side of the opponent’s head that you cross your arms is the opposite side of the earlier Darce choke.
Bonus: Another arm inside No-Gi choke. The katagatme or arm triangle choke. This choke is from the same family as our first 2 videos in that a tight grip forces the opponent’s arm sideways into their neck, cutting off the blood supply to the brain.
Prof. Philipe Della Monica teaches the kata gatame
See also on GB Technique:
GB Technique:  Passing Different Guard Styles
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt