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A good chokehold should render the opponent unconsciousness quickly and without injury. Basic requirements for applying an effective choke are:
- Make sure your body always has complete freedom of action so that you are in the best position for the technique you intend to use and that you are flexible enough to respond to your opponent's attempts to escape. Your position should be stable so you can use your entire body in applying the technique.
- Lead your opponent into a position where it is most difficult to put up resistance, and control all of his or her actions. Your opponent must be unstable and under your control as much as possible. Very often, this means stretching out your opponent's body backwards.
- Train your hands to get an accurate hold the minute you begin a technique, make your choke work in a very brief time, and once you begin the pressure refrain from continually releasing to adjust your position. Your techniques will have much greater effect if you are firmly resolved not to let your opponent get away but to continue until the end without slackening. Constancy of pressure, rather than extreme force, is what is called for. Excessive reliance on strength would indicate a defect in the technique since very little pressure is needed to compress an artery and render a person unconscious.
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