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The Art of Submission: The Von Flue Choke

Jiu-Jitsu is an amazing thing. Us MMA fans love a good submission finish. We get a real kick when we see a fighter transition into position and lock up one of our favorite submissions. Some of the most common submissions in MMA are the rear-naked-chokes, armbars, triangle-chokes but in this series, I am going to be looking into the submissions that we don’t tend to see as much.

The Von Flue Choke (shoulder choke)

In the simplest way possible, the Von Flue choke is a shoulder choke from side control. This is one of the most powerful counters to the Guillotine Choke. This will work by the person who is in the guillotine as they pass from the guard into side control, ensuring that the person who is applying the choke still has the grip around the defender. From side control, the defender should then work an over and under hook around the head of the attacker and then lock their hands together. Whilst the hands of the defender are now locked together, they should shift their body weight through their shoulder into the attacker’s neck.

The history of the choke inside the Octagon

The technique was named after The Ultimate Fighter 2 contestant Jason Von Flue. This was after a win over Alex Karalexis at Ultimate Fight Night 3 using this shoulder choke. The move was named after him because it was considered as a new technique because nobody had seen it before. Only five of these have ever been done inside of the UFC. Three of which victories owned by UFC light-heavyweight, Ovince Saint Preux. Saint Preux submitted Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108, Nikita Krylov at UFC 171 and Yushin Okami at UFC Saitama all with the Von Flue choke. He even jokingly referred to the choke as the “Von Preux” choke. The final win goes to Jordan Rinaldi who took home his own Von Flue win over Alvaro Herrera earlier this year in Mexico City.

Here is a video showing how the choke is applied:


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