Ezekiel Choke | Sode-guruma-jime

Sode-guruma-jime translates to "sleeve wheel choke". In North America, it is popularly referred to as the Ezekiel Choke after Brazilian Judo Olympian, Ezequiel Paraguassú.

Characteristics of the technique include:
    ⁃    Cutting off the air at the trachea
    ⁃    Use of the gi, making this a gi choke
    ⁃    Variations involve using the wrists for leverage, instead of a gi, to make this a no gi technique
    ⁃    One of the only chokes that can be executed when the opponent pulls guard


Two angles of sode-guruma-jime.
The hand grasping the sleeve acts as a fulcrum [top left]. When the choke is applied, the forearm presses against the windpipe [top right]. From another angle, it is easy to understand why it is called the "sleeve wheel choke" [bottom left]. The movement is circular when the choke is applied [bottom right].


Unless executed under proper instruction, please do not attempt this chokeholds on your own! For more information on Judo or Jiu Jitsu, Ann Arbor Japanese Martial Arts Center is happy to answer your questions!