Mitch Clarke's lethal D'arce choke

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  1. Macca97

    Macca97 Yellow Belt

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    Hey guys, just requesting a video or any kind of breakdown of that darce choke today that Mitch Clarke caught Al Iaquinta with today in the UFC 173 prelims. I've been unable to watch it again since the live event but man would I like to learn that, that was the slickest darce I've ever seen and I don't think anyone saw it coming at all.
    Any videos of breakdowns or any gif pr text breakdowns you guys have would be great, I'm completely baffled at how quickly he went out too, that was nuts.
    Also any nice videos explaining the darce choke a little better would be good, it's something I've always known about but never personally gotten good at or drilled to much, it's something I see there alot but never really go for due to my personal low finishing rate with it, could just be because of my shorter arms and stockier build
     
  2. Gambledub

    Gambledub Brown Belt

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    I dont have a gif of the fight sorry. But basically from bottom side you want to get your near side arm (the one closest to the opponent) under his body and past his hips, you can then bring your legs close to the opponent's hips and throw them in a circular arc away from your opponent as you throw up your near side arm to pop out your head.

    There are several variations to this technique but thats my favourite method.


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    This is a great video, showing this technique, along with a few other options
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WwTdyHitV0
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    The Darce is a surprisingly versatile submission and can be used from several "disadvantageous" positions such as bottom of back mount and bottom sprawl using the same principle.


    Edit: just wanted to say this is one of my favourite ways to escape side control, not even necessarily to get the darce, but getting front headlock. TS if you have trouble finishing the Darce once you have it locked move to mount and try and touch your forehead and shoulder of the arm across the neck, to the floor. The mounted Darce finish is the variation I have had the most success with and turned the Darce into my 2nd favorite submission!

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    http://thejiujitsulab.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/mounted-darce-choke/
    http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f12/drews-hearty-post-2-full-mount-darce-thread-1311451/
     
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  3. INTERL0PER

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    Man, that's slick.

    My training partners have a nasty surprise coming their way next time we roll :icon_lol:
     
  4. Fight Gone Bad

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    So whats your first favorite sub :icon_chee
     
  5. Gambledub

    Gambledub Brown Belt

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    Darce is my favourite from top but Triangles! It probably has something to do with being skinny and tall :icon_chee

    Illuminati Grapplers!
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    Rico Franklin Platinum Member

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    See Jeff Glover
     
  8. Gambledub

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    Just a thought... be very wary of paper cutter chokes when you dig your near side arm under! especially if you roll with the gi on.
    Edit: and the far side armbar!
     
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  9. Drew Foster

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    You can't see the whole setup but it's the best I got

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  10. Tebowned

    Tebowned Boise Dime.

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    Al is so good but always gets himself into chokes.
     
  11. Gambledub

    Gambledub Brown Belt

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    If you're stuck in a darce choke and your backs against the cage you're gonna have a bad time
     
  12. Zankou

    Zankou Muscle and Hate Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Yeah the cage helped with that, he couldn't rotate or roll to make any space, and clark just walked into him to put the finishing pressure.

    Beautiful choke. Looks like he had it locked up from a semi-top position first though, and then slid through it.
     
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    Championstuff Brown Belt Platinum Member

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    dude, that was awesome.
     
  14. Drew Foster

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    I wish I could find the whole exchange on a gif. That's what I thought too, but after seeing he fight, he was on bottom the entire time. Crazy slick. Rogan actually shouted out Jeff Glover on the replay, and was talking about how Glover lets people pass to spin into it like that. I honestly never thought I'd see it in the UFC.
     
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  15. Dogstarman

    Dogstarman Old man jiu jitsu

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    My coach teaches this choke. You can finish it with a gable grip if your arms are really short.
     
  16. Shemhazai

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    Yup. If you just get your shoulder outside your opponent's shoulder for the choking pressure, gable grip should work fine
     
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    Very nice choke! Not sure he would of finished if not for the cage. Sure caught Al by surprise with it!!!!
     
  18. FinBJJ

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    It was pretty surprising and slick. Shows how the D'arce can be hit from a wide variety of positions.
     
  19. KneeShield

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    I'm just glad we didn't have to hear Kenny Florian pronounce darce
     
  20. DanTheWolfman.com

    DanTheWolfman.com Brown Belt

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    Hi guys I did a couple vids on it me with my T rex arms


    and my student with longer arms
     

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