One of the most vulnerable positions you will find yourself in the clinch is when your opponent has two hands around your neck. This is a position that is difficult to escape for people who don’t have experience. Beginners will try to push away from their opponent when they have they get their necks wrapped up, but this is the wrong thing to do.
Trying to push your opponent away when you are locked in a double collar tie will not only look bad to the judges (it shows you are weak and vulnerable), but it will also put you in a bad situation. Pushing your opponent away can open up the distance between you and your opponent, giving them the opportunity to throw knees at your face.
When I clinch with new guys I am often shocked at how ineffective they are at escaping this position. Since this is a very bad position to be in, it would make sense that it is extremely important to know how to get out of it. Fortunately, this article is going to show you exactly how to escape when your opponent has your neck locked up.
How to Escape the Double Collar Tie
Step 1: Posture Up
When your opponent has his hands wrapped around your neck you need to posture up (straighten your neck). If your neck bends down it will be 10x harder to escape when they lock both hands around your neck. A good clincher will sink their lock in deep, making sure there is very little space for you to try and escape. This is why it is important for you to posture up and lock your neck in an upright position.
By maintaining posture in your neck, you will make it harder for your opponent to control you in this position. You can know how to escape the double collar tie, but without good posture it makes it very difficult to pull off the escape against a good opponent.
Step 2: Break the Hold
Once you hold your posture your next step is to break their lock. There are 3 escapes that I demonstrate in the video below, I prefer the first one. The only time this escape may not work is when your opponent has a death grip around your neck and is strong as an ox. For example, I wasn’t able to use these escapes against Penake (Champion of Thailand) and a few other champions I have clinched against.
These champions were simply too strong and knew exactly how to counter my escape attempt. Luckily, you aren’t going to be clinching the best fighters in the world, so these escapes will work if you use them correctly.
Step 3: Reset to a Neutral Position
Once you have gone for the escape, you need to then reset yourself back to a neutral or advantageous position. Remember that you need to be active at all times in the clinch. Just because you escape from a hold, doesn’t mean that you should be satisfied. Without being active in the clinch, your opponent can easily get you in another lock if you are not aware of it.
Clinching is all about constantly battling for position. It is similar to wrestling, but without any take downs and the added danger of strikes.
Video Demonstration: How to Escape Double Collar Tie in Clinch
Things to Consider
When it comes to escaping any position, you need to act fast. Trying to think about how you will escape, will result in you being stuck in a strong lock. The moment your opponent has you in a very tight lock, it is much harder to try and work your way out of.
You should make these escapes part of your game, so the moment you feel your opponent grab two hands around the neck you immediately go for the escape. This will break the hold right away and will allow you to reset the position.
These are techniques that you need to drill over and over with a partner. By drilling these techniques countless times, you will begin to ingrain them into your head and they will be second nature to you.
Your neck posture is very important when trying to prevent your opponent from pulling your neck down. If you keep your next straight up, it is much easier to resist if you allow you neck to bend. The moment your neck bends a little bit, it is very difficult to bring it back up.
The more clinching you do, the stronger your neck muscle will be. If you are just starting off expect your neck to be jerked around. After a few months of clinching you will start to learn how to hold posture and keep your neck muscles tight whenever your opponent is trying to wrap two hands around it.
A good way to practice this escape is to let your clinching partner grab you in a double collar tie on purpose and then go for the escape. This will allow you to work your escape against someone who is trying to pull your neck down at 100%, teaching you what works and what doesn’t work.
Now, the next time you get your neck locked up in a double collar tie, you will know exactly what to do.