Ground Fighting Series: Switch D'Arce — A Different Setup To The D'Arce Choke

Ground Fighting Series

Using misdirection, Neil Melanson takes you through a different set up to get to the D'Arce Choke from side mount. The D'Arce Choke is often used as a counter to an opponent in the bottom position attempting to escape by using the far arm underhook. Melanson shows us how to attack using the near arm from a great side mount holding/control position.

Now, it’s your turn. Practice this technique and let us know how it works for you. Never stop learning!


Neil Melanson, the grappling coach at Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, specializes in Jujutsu, catch wrestling, guard, leg locks and triangle chokes. His style is born in the hybrid Hayastan Grappling System, which combines elements of Judo, Sambo, Jiu Jitsu as well as Greco Roman and Freestyle wrestling. Melanson has trained under Gene LeBell, Gokor Chivichyan, and Karo Parisyan (who awarded him his black belt).

Throughout his career, Melanson has trained some of the top fighters in Mixed Martial Arts, including: UFC Hall of famer Randy Couture, three-time Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler, former UFC champion Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen, Gray Maynard, Todd Duffee and Goran Reljic, among others.