I strongly advise the readers to seek proper instruction from a qualified self-defense instructor in learning chokes or sleeper holds. Sleeper holds result to unconsciousness by applying pressure on the carotid arteries on the sides of the neck temporarily cutting the supply of oxygenated blood to the brain. In practice, the practitioner must immediately let go of the hold or stop applying pressure as soon as his training partner limps and loses consciousness. Needless to say a qualified instructor must know proper resuscitation techniques. Incorrect application of a sleeper hold could result to serious physical injury or even death. So be careful when practicing this technique.
This is a street fighting situation wherein the defender would apply a T-shirt choke on a thug attacking his friend as seen in Picture 1. Picture 2 shows the defender stopping the punch by hooking his right arm with the punching arm of the aggressor. Picture 3 shows the defender circling his left hand on the aggressor’s neck and grabbing the collar of his T-shirt. Picture 4 shows the defender applying the choke or sleeper hold by pushing the aggressor down with his right arm and pulling the shirt with his left hand to apply pressure on the neck. Notice how the positions of the defender’s hands secure the aggressor’s head.
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