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This guy in a video seemed to be unaffected by his partner's chokehold. Is it possible to be immune to chokeholds?

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I would imagine that having strong neck-muscles would help. – Juann Strauss Feb 5 '14 at 8:18
@cameron Please try to write your questions with proper grammar. You have asked several low-quality questions that needed editing. Try harder. – Dave Liepmann Feb 5 '14 at 12:57

Pretend chokes

The video is of a lame, contrived demo. The "choke" in it is not performed effectively. It's a farce of a choke. The reason this strutting bodybuilder is "immune" to the choke is that it's not a legitimate choke in the first place.

If you know someone who thinks they can't be choked, I think Marcelo Garcia would be interested in testing that hypothesis:

Stephan Kesting: Have you ever come across someone whose neck is too big?

Note, by the context of the conversation, Stephan means "big or strong".

Marcelo: No.

SK: Not so far?

MG: Until someone proves, like, oh, you can squeeze my neck and I won't tap, this is working for me.

Everyone can be choked.

So far, everyone who competes has shown themselves to be chokeable. Jon Fitch was notoriously resistant to being choked out...until he was guillotined into unconsciousness by Josh Burkman.

Strong necks can resist poorly-applied chokeholds and can, to a minor degree, prevent the attacker from getting into position for a good choke. But so far, everyone has proved to be chokeable. People can have good choke defense just like they can have a good guard, but so far no one has shown themselves to be "immune".

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+1 Agreed, the choke has to be done correctly or it is ineffective. A person is not immune to a choke if its a bad technique and not really a choke. If its properly done choke AND they don't choke, then yeah they are immune but even then I would argue it has to do with some unique physical circumstance and not so much immunity per se. If a choke is a done right, the person will choke. At least anecdotal evidence has so far supported it. – GµårÐïåñ Feb 6 '14 at 19:29

No, you cannot be immune. imho even training to "resist" it is stupid. completely stupid. If someone is choking you out, he WILL succeed, even if you resist for 5 seconds longer.

Air choking are easier to notice ( ... your cant breath) and fighting against your opponent's hold is alot easier. It will helps endure it, allow you to take little bit of air in, etc.

A choke that prevents blood to get to your brain is seriously hard to even noticed. my coach did it to me as a "welcome" to the elite class ... I though I was holding against, and didnt even realised I fell unconscious. I stayed down only half a second. I "woke" up, not knowing where I was or what had happened. I didnt even realised he choked me out until someone else told me.

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No! This is a ridiculous question. No one is immune to being choked in the same way no is immune to having their arm broke.

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I have no arm therefore I am immune to having it broken... </pedantic> ^_~ – Sardathrion Feb 7 '14 at 14:04
You missed your opening tag, this would fail. – Funky Feb 7 '14 at 14:25
Loading up on neck and shoulder muscle mass is a good start. – Juann Strauss Feb 19 '14 at 9:35
No it's not, you clearly have never trained BJJ at all. – Funky Feb 19 '14 at 10:42

A choke hold basically is used to

  1. Cut bloodsupply to the brain and causes one to blackout
  2. Subdue a person by making it painful or hard to breath, thus refrain from struggling.

As far as i know, there should not be anyway to be immune by the effects of a chokehold, but there are ways to increase your tolerance level to the attacks. The shaolin monks or shaolin schools has several types of excercise that assist in developing / increasing ones tolerance level.

-WARNING - the video below is to illustrate the high levels of training that enables one to achieve this. In no way whatsoever should you imitate this. These people have decades of training.

One is to safely hang yourself by the neck.

This basically strengthens your neck as well as increasing tolerance level towards choking.

If you have a training partner, it would be good to practise everyday and time yourself.

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-1 for recommending self asphyxiation as a way to train. I mean, seriously? Should we also start cutting/stabbing ourselves to train against knife attacks? – JohnP Feb 5 '14 at 15:22
While I don't believe nigel meant to suggest it the way it came across, I would agree with John that the suggestion in general would be a very bad idea and can lead to unforeseen and foreseen tragic ends. – GµårÐïåñ Feb 6 '14 at 19:32
Oh my, I do hope people take this in with a pinch of salt and not literally. I do apologise @JohnP if it seemed abit extreme. What I posted was just an answer to the poster's question on being immunned to chokeholds. As for your point on knife attacks, we don't intentionally stab or cut ourselves but we do train with real sharp edged object like blades. We do get cut wounds but that with close supervision and full concentration, we minimize it. in the end it help with removing the fear of sharp object. Of course we start of with rubber knifes, then blunt steel knifes and then sharpened knives – nigelhanzo Feb 7 '14 at 2:44
The people in the video are kids. How can they have "decades" of training? – JohnP Feb 7 '14 at 14:54

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