The Art of The Choke

Katsuhiko Kashiwazaki is one of the most revered and dangerous Judo grapplers to ever come out of Japan.

Small in stature at 130 pounds, he was a giant on the mat, often beating competitors twice his size while choking, pinning and arm locking his way to multiple All Japan Judo weight class championships as well as Judo and Sambo world championships.

Gravitating towards groundwork early on in his Judo development, Kashiwazaki developed a fondness for choking techniques evident in his book “SHIMEWAZA” (translated as ‘choking techniques’), in which he devotes 112 pages strictly to the art of the choke.

Possibly the largest single collection of choking techniques ever compiled, this book is an excellent source and resource for any grappler serious about learning how to choke an opponent from a variety of positions and situations.   Bridging the sublime, Kashiwazaki goes into such detail as to just the right amounts of pressure that need to be applied in order to put your opponent in a deep sleep or light sleep. 

Although written for Judo, many techniques will and do cross-over to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).

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