Peruvian Necktie – Turn North-South Position to Weapon


When you fight in the UFC, a north-south position usually means you will have to punch your opponent off the side. If he closes his guard, you will have very small chances of submitting him or forcing him to tap out. The referee very rarely stops the fight from this position. In Pride Fighting Championship, you can kick or knee the opponent who is on the ground, while in UFC this is strictly prohibited. That is the reason why UFC and BJJ claim north-south position is not as dangerous as, for example, mount, side control, or side mount position.

But if you are a good grappler and submission specialist, there is a solution – Peruvian necktie! Are you sick and tired of fighters who play turtle on the ground knowing the limitations of UFC? Do you want to teach them a lesson and make them think twice before making the fight boring? When you master this choke, you will surely be a very dangerous opponent. They will never know where is the danger coming from. To become an all-rounder, you need to know every single type of submission, kick, knee and punch. Don’t be limited to one technique only, there are so many wonderful submissions you can apply in the fight!

There is another name for this wonderful choke – Tony de Souza choke. The reason for the name Peruvian is cause Tony de Souza originates from Peru. He modified guillotine choke into Peruvian necktie. It was shown it to the world in his fight against Paul Rodriguez back in UFC 32 in 2001.

Take a look at a world-class example of Peruvian necktie! It looks very difficult, but actually, it is a simple submission. When you fight a defensive opponent whose guard cannot be broken via punches on the ground, this submission will end up the fight! Pat Curran is one of the rare fighters who used the best out of Peruvian necktie. He used it very wisely against defensive opponents. Brad Pickett is also known for his successful Peruvian necktie in the fight versus Kyle Dietz.

Using north-south position to your advantage may become easier than ever. Keep reading and see how you can turn the opponent’s perfect defense into a victory.

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What is Peruvian Necktie?

Peruvian necktie is an ultimate way to defeat the opponent who constantly sprawls and covers his neck by assuming turtle position on the ground. When you find yourself in front of him, you have two options – punch him until the referee stops the fight or place your arms under his neck. If you are in BJJ competition, the best way would be a surprise attack where one of your hands ends up under the opponent’s neck.

Peruvian necktie is an outstanding submission where you use the opponent’s sprawling against him. Your grip needs to be hard, and you have to place a hand straight under opponent’s neck. You have to stop the blood flow towards his brain. In this submission, you have to grab your fist with your other hand, which goes under the opponent’s armpit. After your lock is tight, additional pressure is given by moving towards your opponent, sitting and using your leg to increase the strength of the grip.

Take a look how the true master Brad Pickett explains Peruvian necktie attempt.

Executing the technique

First of all, you must assume a north-south position. When your opponent constantly sprawls and defends your punches or submission attempts, you have the opportunity for a Peruvian necktie. Make sure the opponent doesn’t hold your legs. If he places his hands on your hamstring muscles, you will have very small chances of applying the technique.

Here is a great instructional video.

  • Step 1. Kneel on your knees. Place your right hand under the opponent’s neck, while your left hand goes under the opponent’s right armpit and catches your right hand to increase the strength of the grip.
  • Step 2. Pop your legs up and lift on the tips of your toes. If your right arm is under the opponent’s chin, make sure to step forward with your right leg. Your left leg must remain on the tips of your toes. Keep your hips up all the time.
  • Step 3. Place your left leg in the same line with your right leg. Sit down, pulling your opponent towards the ground.

Peruvian Necktie Step 3Peruvian Necktie Step 3

  • Step 4. Depending on your flexibility, you have two options to finish the Peruvian necktie. If you are not flexible, place your left foot on the calf of your opponent or on the inner side of his soleus muscle and pull him towards the ground. If you are flexible, wrap your left leg around the opponent’s lower back and pull. The second option will assume more pressure onto the opponent’s neck and there is a bigger chance of tapping out.

Note: wrap your left leg, if possible, around the whole lower back for more pressure. If you press opponent’s left calf only, lift your hips up to assume more pressure.

If you are a real master of this choke, you can perform it off the side. Take a look here.

Most often mistakes

There are some common mistakes that many fighters make while attempting Peruvian necktie:

  • The arm is not under the neck. Right arm or left arm should be directly under the opponent’s neck. If the opponent’s arm is an obstacle between your arm and neck, the opponent can easily slip out.
  • Improper use of a leg. The leg should be used to block the opponent’s movement. In the case it is not on the calf or lower back, the opponent will be able to rotate sideways and defend Peruvian necktie attempt.
  • The choke is not tight. You must catch forearm of your right arm with your left hand or vice versa. Otherwise, the choke will not be hard enough and the opponent will not tap.

Prevention and countering

To be able to prevent Peruvian necktie, you should simply roll out of the sprawl position. In that case, the opponent may forget about Peruvian necktie and guillotine choke, but you will leave yourself exposed for armbar or rear naked choke.

If you still want to sprawl, make sure both of your hands are under your neck. In that case, you risk receiving punches or kicks and knees for Pride Fighting championship, but the opponent can forget about the choke attempt.

The best defense to the Peruvian necktie is simply lying sideways if it is BJJ fight. Here is the perfect example of defense by Pedro Sauer. You can also lift your body on the elbow to make the attempt more difficult to your opponent.

Peruvian necktie can be used a counter if you fight against a good wrestler or BJJ fighter who constantly tries to take you down. Especially in the moment your opponent misses double-leg takedown or single leg takedown attempt! As soon as you defended the takedown attempt, you should attempt a Peruvian necktie. Here is an example of its performance.

Additional options

In some cases, Peruvian necktie will not pass. If you fight in Pride, you can do soccer kicks (0:20) or you can use knees to finish your opponent. After all, you are in north-south position.

You can also transit to gator choke and armbar if the Peruvian necktie attempt was unsuccessful.

You can also perform a rear naked choke by jumping onto the opponent’s back and wrapping your hands around his stomach if you cannot finish him from a north-south position.

You can apply a Peruvian and Japanese necktie combo.

If the opponent rotates to the side, you can still remain at side control position and perform various choke attempts. You can also try a kimura or Americana. There are many submissions which can be applied if Peruvian necktie attempt wasn’t successful. Remember, side control and side mount are dominant positions too!

Wrapping it up

Peruvian necktie is the most brutal way to punish an opponent who constantly tries to take you down. When your opponent closes like a turtle on the ground, Peruvian necktie can definitively end up the fight! If you are a good striker or sprawl and brawl fighter with good takedown defense like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, you must learn this choke. You will end up your fights lot faster!

And for the end, take a look how the master shows various options of Peruvian necktie which can end up the fight. It is both applicable in BJJ and MMA! Enjoy surprising wrestlers and BJJ fighters by using their takedown attempts against them!

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