Ground Fighting Series: The High Elbow Guillotine — No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series

In this episode of our Ground Fighting Series, Neil Melanson shows some awesome details on how to finish the High Elbow Guillotine using correct hand and forearm positioning. Additionally, Melanson touches on the correct body position for optimal performance of this nasty choke. These details make a huge difference for getting and finishing the high elbow guillotine.


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.