Sode guruma jime

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Sode Guruma Jime
The top fighter wraps an arm behind his opponent's head and grabs his own sleeve to complete the choke
The top fighter wraps an arm behind his opponent's head and grabs his own sleeve to complete the choke.
Classification Katame-waza
Sub classification Shime-waza
Targets Throat
Kodokan Yes
Technique name
Rōmaji Sode-guruma Jime
Japanese 袖車絞め
English Sleeve wheel choke

Sode guruma jime (袖車絞め) ("sleeve wheel constriction") is a type of Judo chokehold (shime-waza), which compresses the opponent’s trachea or the carotid arteries. The technique can be executed from a variety of positions, but is generally performed by wrapping one arm behind the opponent’s head and grasping onto the sleeve of the gi with the opposite hand. While holding onto the sleeve for leverage, the opposite forearm is brought down across the throat and clinched tight. The choke is directly aided by the use of a gi but has also been adapted for no-gi application.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu[edit]

Soldier applying the choke from inside his guard, during US Army combatives competition at the 807th MDSC Best Warrior Competition.

Sode guruma jime is widely known as an Ezequiel choke (Portuguese: estrangulamento Ezequiel) in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The chokehold was renamed in memory of Ezequiel Paraguassu, a Brazilian judoka.[1][2] Paraguassu reportedly had difficulty in passing the guards of jiu-jitsu practitioners at Carlson Gracie's academy and instead, he had managed to use sode guruma jime successfully inside their guards.[1]

No-gi variation[edit]

Since the choke relies on the leverage created by the gripping of a sleeve, it must be altered slightly to be performed without a gi. Typically, this is accomplished by using the bottom arm to grip the opposite elbow or forearm. It can also be performed without a gi using the fist or wrist instead of the forearm.[3]

Notable uses in competition[edit]

Included systems[edit]



  • Ezequiel choke
  • Ezekiel choke
  • Sleeve wheel choke
  • Sleeve choke
  • Scissor choke


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