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Choking vs Strangulation
Ok, today I had an interesting conversation via Facebook from one of my students about choking & strangulation. He was asking me what the differences were between the two. Well the first thing that I asked myself is, “how many people don’t know the answer to this?”. So thats when I decided to write this post.
I have found that many people, especially martial artists commonly believe that the 2 are the same thing. But they are very different.
A Choke is Defined as:
As Defined by Oxford Dictionary (the only True Dictionary)
- Choke – [with object] hinder or obstruct the breathing of (a person or animal) in such a way
So what this is telling us is a choking action is cutting off a persons breathing ability. This can happen when someone is pushing on the very front of your throat by their hands, forearm, shin, etc. All of which are common in the street.
And a Strangulation is defined as:
- Strangulation – condition in which circulation of blood to a part of the body is cut off by constriction
So this is telling us that it is the stopping of the blood flow, NOT the breathing, that is a strangle. This is common in grappling arts and on the street with techniques like the “Rear Naked Choke” (also known as the “Sleeper Hold”). Or when someone tries to strangle you with a shirt or other article of clothing.
Both of these can be EXTREMELY dangerous if caught in one. You MUST learn how to deal with these type of situations. You don’t want to wait until its to late and find yourself in a situation like this only to think “I wish I would have learned how to deal with this before”.
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