Harden Up Your Turtle Shell With These Tips For Defending Against Chokes & Back Takes

The turtle is hailed as an effective fundamental defensive position in BJJ. When done right, it can frustrate the heck out of your opponent as they try to find some way to choke you or open up a more advantageous position. If your turtle still feels a bit too passive, though, there are a few techniques you can use to make this position even more effective.

In this video, Stephan Kesting teams up with Rory Van Vliet to demonstrate a few tips that can help you prevent chokes and back takes in jiu-jitsu while you’re turtled up. Take a look and try them out next time you’re inside your “shell!”


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