15. Chokes are a Nasty Business

15.  Chokes are a Nasty Business

When I teach, repeat after me. As a society, we are taught to play nice and not hurt our peers, with good reason. But when we are threatened, there are times when violence is necessary, and the most violent wins. And in those times, the one that loses sometimes loses their life. In BJJ we are agreeing to a mutual combat. We are friends, but trying to beat each other. The good news is we can tap out, but are training for a scenario where it might be life or death. So, when I apply a choke, I am trying to kill you, with the knowledge that you will tap and I will let go. “Because on one day, someone is going to try to take something from you, and you are going to have to choke that motherfucker.” – Ralph Gracie