GB Technique: Clock Choke & Turtle Attack from GB1

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at 2 techniques from the GB1 Online taught by Master Carlos Gracie Jr. – taught by Prof’s Marcio Feitosa and Flavio Almeida.
Prof. Marcio started training at the original Gracie Barra school in Barra de Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro in 1988 with Master Carlos all the way from his white belt to his black belt. Prof. Marcio shares some memories of those early training where Master Carlos promoted the values of brotherhood, safety, and developing well-rounded jiu-jitsu.
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The technique portion of the video starts around 6:30 time remaining in the video.
Prof. Marcio Feitosa and Prof. Flavio Almeida get together to teach 2 techniques from the GB1 Curriculum.
1- Prof. Marcio finds himself in the Turtle Top position on his opponent. Just because you have progressed to Turtle Top doesn’t mean that it is going to be easy for you to insert your hooks and get the Back Mount. When your opponent is in a tight, defensive turtle, it can be a challenge to attack them without losing your position.
Instead of simply jumping on the opponent’s back and hoping to find space for his hooks, Prof. Marcio secures a grip on the wrist of Prof. Flavio and a solid lapel grip with his other hand. Note that Prof. Marcio circles to the opposite side of the opponent to find the room to insert the first hook and initiate a roll. During the roll, an opening is created for Prof. Marcio to get the second hook and score 4 points for Back Mount.
2- Clock Choke – Prof. Marcio demonstrates a variation from the same initial position and grips, but the opponent in turtle is blocking that first hook from entering. Without the hooks, Prof. Marcio can not get the Back Mount but instead attacks with the powerful “Clock Choke” (aka “Relogio” in Portuguese). We see the Clock Choke at the highest levels of competition.
As I go for the choke, my weight distribution is key,” says Prof. Marcio as he emphasizes keeping your weight and pressure on the opponent. The circling motion of the feet is what tightens the choking grip and also gives the Clock Choke its name.
A final detail is that Prof. Marcio uses the wrist grip he has on Prof. Flavio to break down his ability to post on that arm and Prof. Marcio can force Prof. Flavio’s shoulder down to the mat.
See also on GB Technique: Connecting Open Guards
Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt