Rockaway with Pat Campagnola

Pat Campagnola, head coach of 10th Planet Springfield, MA, shows us the rockaway, a highly effective blood choke technique.

10th Planet Jiu Jitsu burst onto the scene in 2003, changing the face of grappling in the USA. The no gi system founded by Eddie Bravo has now spread across the world and has its very own culture that sets apart any 10th Planet from other Jiu Jitsu academies.

Veteran 10th Planet brown belt Pat Campagnola of 10th Planet Springfield, MA, is leading the charge in New England. Here he shares the rockaway, a strong submission from the back that your opponent won’t see coming.

The rockaway starts from having your opponent’s back. You begin by attacking the rear triangle. After you grab your shin with both hands and begin to lean back, your opponent is going to defend through desperation by trapping your ankle. This stops you finishing the rear triangle. If they don’t do this, then you can finish the triangle.

You then pull on your shin, as though you are trying to finish the triangle, using it to sit yourself up and balancing on your base. The hand that was by your knee then comes around your opponent’s head, to the inside of their neck, as high up on your shin as you can get it. You then anchor into your shin, plant your elbow down and lean back into it, creating a really tight blood choke. If you do not get high enough up on your shin with your hand, there is too much space to finish the rockaway.

For more from Pat follow him on Instagram and Facebook and tune in to Revgear Sports for more videos from him and other 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu coaches and athletes, like Scott Epstein of 10th Planet West Los Angeles.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports. He has been training in Muay Thai gyms around the world for around 15 years and is a qualified Muay Thai instructor. He has lived in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Tom is a native of England, but based in the USA. When he's not kicking or holding the pads, Tom is either deep into writing an article, exploring the world or connecting with fellow martial artists. Tom is currently beginning his Jiu Jitsu journey in the Kore gi and 10th Planet no gi systems, as well as working to reconstruct the techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism.


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