I was listening to an interview with Paul Schreiner, and he mentioned that the north south choke is the most unterutilized submission in jiu jitsu (both gi and no gi), given how low-risk and high percentage it is. Here’s a slow motion video of him pulling it off in an impressively quick and crisp fashion during training:
I’ve heard Marcelo Garcia express a similar appreciation of this choke, and watching him train on MGInAction, he certainly pulls it off on a lot of people.
Like many jiu jitsu people that see this, I invested some half-ass effort into trying this choke during training every once in a while. However, this is one of those techniques that you have to put in a lot of reps into in order to develop a feel for it. A lot of people can get close to the finish position, but actually finishing (on a good guy) is another matter.
Anyway, it’s something to think about. I am going to be hunting for submissions more aggressively this competition season, so a couple of high-percentage options are good to have in the arsenal.