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'The one choke every woman must know'
December 17, 2016
The knowledge contained in this 42-second video clip could save your life. Viewed more than 51.5 million times, it's a demonstration of a cross choke technique that can be used from a bottom position, as is the case for most sexual assault victims.
The clip features jiu-jitsu black belt Rener Gracie, of the internationally known Gracie Academy, and his wife Eve Torres, a former WWE Diva. The YouTube channel GracieBreakdown includes the full 11-minute video, which demonstrates three chokes that can render an assailant unconscious in six seconds.
The self-defense experts were motivated to create the video after an April 2016 incident in which a Los Angeles woman was assaulted by a man pretending to be a driver for a ride-sharing company. The woman got away, and Gracie and Torres felt the incident highlighted a need to share self-defense techniques specific to assaults in close quarters.
The couple are very involved in Women Empowered, Gracie Academy's self-defense program for women. The program teaches 15 techniques that use leverage and timing against an assailant, making them effective regardless of differences in size, strength, or age.
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