In training for the Purple Belt we will be covering the first set of Choke Holds (aka: Neck Restraints), you will learn in the Eclectics system. Just as we discussed with the Arm Locks and Leg Locks, it is very important to have control. Make sure you are cautious while learning how to apply Choke Holds and be a good training partner. The following information is designed to better explain exactly how the Choke Holds work so you can understand the danger associated with these submission holds when practiced improperly. There are two types of Choke Holds, Vascular Choke Holds and Respiratory Choke Holds.
A Vascular Choke Hold is designed to gain control of an opponent by restricting blood flow to the brain by applying pressure to the carotid arteries causing unconsciousness; in essence a Vascular Choke Hold does not cause a choking reaction for your opponent. A successful Vascular Choke Hold can cause unconsciousness within 5 to 15 seconds.
A Respiratory Choke Hold is designed to gain control of an opponent when restricting the air flow by directly applying pressure to the opponent’s trachea and larynx, depleting the lungs of oxygen. Although this Choke Hold is often associated with pain compliance, the trachea can be crushed with a pressure of at least 36 pounds, so knowing how to properly apply these submissions will decrease injuries. A successful Respiratory Choke Hold can cause unconsciousness within 7 seconds.