Kata Juji Jime - Mixed Cross Choke

Shime Waza #3
  Kata Juji Jime, when applied properly is a blood choke which works by stopping the blood flow to and from the brain. This can cause the loss of consciousness in as fast as 3 seconds while allowing Uke to breathe normally through the entire process.  


  Begin by having Uke lie on his back. Step astride of Uke, facing towards Uke’s head. With the right hand, cross Uke’s center line to grab Uke’s RIGHT lapel. Your thumb can be either inside the lapel or out so that your palm is up facing away from Uke’s shoulder.
With the other hand place the thumb in the opposite position as your first hand so that you have the thumb in on one hand and out on the other.
Your wrists should be crossed in front of Uke and just below the chin. Your thumbs should be opposite each other with one inside the lapel and the other outside. The inside of Tori’s wrists should be touching or the back or Tori’s wrists should be touching.


  To apply the choke, tighten your grip on Uke’s lapels curling your wrists toward you so that the back of your hands press into Uke’s neck. Curl your wrists in and pull Uke towards you. You should not be applying this choke by pressing down on Uke’s neck but by pulling Uke toward you, lifting Uke’s head off of the mat and flexing your elbows outward.
As the choke is applied, your head and Uke’s should approach and nearly meet about midway between the starting position of your heads. Uke’s head should rise about 6 -8 inches and Tori’s should fall about 6-8 inches so that they are just a few inches apart.


  To defend against Kata Juji Jime, place your tongue against the roof of your mouth and press strongly. This helps to strengthen the neck and prevent your air and blood supply from being closed off. Next turn your head towards Uke's lower hand and drive your chin down as hard as you can and keep it there. Now that your neck is stronger, you have a couple of options on how to break the choke.

Option A:
Place your hands on Uke's elbow without crossing your center line.  Press strongly with both hands at the same time to straighten Uke's arms.  This will release the pressure of the cross choke.

Option B:
Notice which of Uke's arms is on top and place a hand under that elbow.  Lift strongly raising that elbow high above.  Since your chin is already on the back of Uke's lower hand, you should be able to duck your head under Uke's raised arm escaping the choke.

Option C:
Notice which hand is on bottom in this cross choke.  Spin your body in the direction of Uke's lower arm.  Continue moving in that direction as this will uncross Uke's hands and eliminate the choke.
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