In Brazilian jiu jitsu we know different BJJ chokes and we do all the types of chokes in jiu jitsu. But sometimes we can get lost in their names: darce choke, anaconda, arm-triangle choke, Brabo, guillotine, Ezekiel, etc.
Literally, it happens very often, when you know a jiu jitsu choke hold, but you don’t know the exact name for it.
That is why we decided to make a series of posts, where each article will describe every Brazilian jiu jitsu choke separately.
I hope it will finally help me to get all BJJ chokes in my head on the right shelves.
Today we are talking about the Darce or D’Arce choke.
What is a Darce choke?
First of all the name: Note that it’s not “darth choke” or “darth choke BJJ submission”, but “Darce choke” or ” D Arce choke”.
Me personally getting always confused about which one is the D Arce choke and which one is the Anaconda choke.
I believe (or I want to believe) that I’m not the only one. Right?
Knowing the all jiu jitsu choke names doesn’t make you a top jiu jitsu fighter. I prefer to know the practical material rather than the terms and names. But if you want to be a good teacher and coach you must know the terms.
Let’s dive into the theory and the Darce chokes practical part to stick all the knowledge together.
So, what is a D’Arce choke?
In simple words, Darce choke is an arm triangle choke. Another definition is – it’s a reverse Anaconda choke. But the second one makes sense if you know, what is an Anaconda choke.back to menu ↑
Brabo choke vs D’Arce choke vs Anaconda
If learning the arm triangle chokes, it makes sense to consider all three most common variations. The triad of arm triangle chokes is the Brabo, D’Arce, and Anaconda.
Even if your goal is to learn only one from them.
Sticking to all three chokes together may help you create anchors of differences between each choke and consequently remember the specific one.
The jiu jitsu choke hold as BJJ submissions may be settled from various positions – mount, turtle, side control, north-south, back control, etc. But some of the positions may be the most common or obvious for the specific chokehold.back to menu ↑
What jiu jitsu position is most common for Darce, Anaconda, and Brabo?
- The D’Arce choke setup may see the most from the side control. Especially when the opponent is defending with arms blocking your guard pass or the side control position.
- Anaconda is most comfortable to utilize from the spawl and the north-south BJJ position.
- The Brabo choke option you can find in the side control or from the closed guard.
How to differentiate the Darce, Anaconda, and Brabo?
To help your brain to differentiate between Brabo choke vs D’Arce choke vs Anaconda, you can create some triggers or hints to remember.
In my case, it helps. And not only in BJJ but in everyday life with common things.
What hints can there be when we talk about the Brazilian jiu jitsu choke holds and specifically the D Arce choke, Brabo, and Anaconda?
- The Anaconda choke it’s when your grip hold is outside your opponent. It means, that in the end position, your grip must be next to the opponent’s armpit.
Screenshots from Chewjitsu YouTube video
- The Darce choke is the reverse Anaconda. It means, that you have to close your arms for the hold from the opposite side as in the Anaconda choke. In the end position, your forearm has to be placed at the opponent’s neck.
D Arce choke from side control
- The Brabo choke is utilized with the opponent’s lapel.
Let’s take the help from the Chewjitsu video, where Chewy as always in a simple and short way shows and explains the jiu jitsu moves.
Brabo choke vs D’Arce choke vs Anaconda
Short things short is good, but how about the deep dive and details? Because as we all in BJJ know, details and angels matter.back to menu ↑
Darce choke from side control
As we have already mentioned before, the side control BJJ position is the most obvious position for the Darce choke setup.
What are the options here and what to pay attention to let’s see in the jiu jitsu tutorial videos by The Grappling Academy.
A couple of interesting moments to take from the video:
- I really liked the smooth and simple move under the opponent’s arm, while the opponent is thinking he has the control position because of having the underhook
- Pay attention to the way he makes his hand grip for Darce choke. It’s not the classic figure-four grappling hold most used in BJJ
How to Darce choke: 5 setups
Once again to the Darce choke setups mentioned in the above video, plus a couple more of additional variants.
- Darce choke turtle
- How to Darce choke from side control when the opponent defends with his arms
- Regular D’Arce choke from side control
- Darce choke with an arm drag
- D’Arce choke setup with toreando pass
Gracie University D’Arce choke setup tutorial
Here is a great quick Darce choke setup tutorial shown by Rener Gracie from Gracie University.
A couple of interesting moments here to pay attention to for your Darce choke routine:
- Passing through the opponent’s arm block with your leg
- Shallow Darce choke grip is another way for the Darce choke finish setup
Sore throat from BJJ choke
Yes, it’s true, you can easily get a sore throat from a BJJ choke.
So, don’t worry a lot, if after a choke jiu jitsu class you will feel pain in your throat like during a cold.back to menu ↑
How good is Joe D’Arce?
You may know or not Joe D’Arce who is a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie since 2003. But as we talk about the D’Arce choke, we just can’t help but mention him. Because he is the person, who stands behind the Darce choke name.back to menu ↑
The D’Arce choke origin story
Renzo Gracie spoke with the former UFC fighter Mike Swick about how he thought Joe D’Arce the Darce choke.
How Renzo Gracie taught Joe D’Arce the Darce choke
Joe D’Arce was famed for his successful use of the Darce choke but the roots of the technique are coming from Germany.
Darce choke – the reverse Anaconda
There, in about 1998, a Luta Livre practitioner Björn Dag Lagerström made an attempt at Anaconda choke but did it the wrong way – holding the arms on the other side. As a result, he made a reverse Anaconda that become the new submission technique.
Later the technique traveled worldwide and with time become popular with the name of D’Arce, the story behind it we already know.
Joe D’arce started to train BJJ at Renzo jiu jitsu academy in 1997 in New York. Now he teaches BJJ at his D’Arce Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in NY.back to menu ↑
Funny BJJ Shirts about Jiu Jitsu Chokes
Brazilian jiu jitsu is a whole world – it’s sports, hobby, passion, community, friends, and it’s fun.
And the fun has one of its ways of expression – funny BJJ shirts about the jiu jitsu choke holds.
Here are just a couple of the best jiu jitsu shirt designs that we have found. There are even more.
D’Arce choke UFC Video Compilation
According to Mike Swick’s words, he lost with the Darce choke to Paulo Thiago at UFC 109.
And here is the best D Arce choke UFC video compilation.
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The jiu jitsu choke meme
Jiu jitsu chokes can be fun… when it’s a jiu jitsu choke meme.