Fighting Out of a Chin Lock

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know by now that a lot of the things I pick out on here are the times that people do something that is just a little different to the ordinary and today’s post is another example of that.

If you have watched wrestling for any length of time you will be familiar with the rear chin lock and sleeper holds, both are used with extreme regularity as a story point in a match, perhaps to set something up like a come-back, maybe just to slow things back down after a period of action. Both holds do a great job of this and I predict that you will continue to see them used for many years to come.

However, if you have watched wrestling for any length of time, you will also be familiar with how people traditionally fight out of these holds too. Perhaps they will fade a bit first, maybe they will come back quite quickly but generally you will see someone work up to a knee, deliver some elbows to the mid-section and gradually get back to their feet before the next spot.

What I want to highlight in this post is an alternative that I saw where rather than the usual fight back, the guy in the chin lock was reaching up over his head to slap the wrestler who had him in the hold in the face. The reason I liked this so much was that it smacked of a little bit of desperation, it told the story of how dangerous the hold could be and how important it was to try and fight back out of it as quickly as possible.

Sometimes we get drawn into doing the same things over and over again in the same way, following the same patterns all the time, things like this remind me of the need to change things around sometimes and do things a little differently.

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