Ground Fighting Series: The Manly Choke — Guillotine variation from Half Guard Top for No-Gi, Jiu Jitsu, Grappling

Ground Fighting Series

Neil Melanson takes you through a variation of the arm in Guillotine from Half Guard Top. The move is a great counter when your opponent, in the bottom position, attempts an underhook, while sitting up. Don’t miss the great details in this video on hand and wrist position for the person attacking.


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.