Crucifix position

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Crucifix position
A choke from the crucifix being demonstrated by Eduardo de Lima

The crucifix position is a ground grappling position that involves being perpendicularly behind the opponent, chest against back, and controlling the opponent's arms. One of the opponent's arms is controlled using the legs, and the other using the arms, hence effectively putting the opponent in a position resembling a crucifix. This position allows for elbow strikes to the head, or if the opponent is wearing a gi, it allows for a collar strangle called the crucifix choke (in Judo known as jigoku jime, 地獄絞, "hell strangle").[1] It is also possible to have the crucifix position in such a way that a crucifix neck crank can be applied.


  1. ^ Wolfe, David. The David Brent Wolfe Dictionary of Japanese Martial Art Terms Archived 2005-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. URL last accessed February 11, 2006

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