How to do the Peruvian Necktie

How to do the Peruvian Necktie

The Peruvian Necktie is as nasty as it sounds. This sneaky submission was developed around twenty years ago and has inspired many variations of the choke. We’re going to detail everything you need to know about the Peruvian Necktie and it’ll benefit your BJJ game.

Origins of the Peruvian Necktie

The person that is credited for coming up the move was former UFC vet and black belt Tony De Souza. Tony was working with Nova União creator Andre Perderneiras, when he came up with the idea.

De Souza trained in wrestling and was really good at getting head control on an opponent. He was very efficient at getting other chokes such as guillotine variations. Tony knew there was another unexplored submission option from this position that he just needed to practice.

Once he figured out how to do the choke it started catching on with the rest of the BJJ community. The effectiveness of the Peruvian Necktie inspired grapplers to add it to their games and come up with variations.

The choke's name came to be as the choke looked like you were being strangualted by a necktie. As Tony is Peruvian himself, the choke was named after him - hence the name "Peruvian Necktie!"

How to do the Peruvian Necktie

To set up the Peruvian Necktie it starts from when you have head control in the turtle. Traditionally before its invention people would  set up guillotines or maybe a transition to the back from head control.

You can get this head control from either sprawling to defend an opponent’s takedown or drag the opponent down. Your shoulder is placed on the middle of the opponent’s back putting your weight down to control them. From here, you can begin setting up the Peruvian Necktie.

The head control you’re going to need is an over-under grip with one arm in. Similar to a set up for an arm in guillotine or anaconda/darce.

Different types of grips can be used for the Peruvian Necktie. The one you use is up to you. Generally, the grips used are either a hand on wrist or Gable grip.

How to do the peruvian necktie

From here, you are going to come up to your feet for a moment to close space and get closer. One foot needs to be placed next in the open space next to their head opposite the arm your controlling. The other foot should be next to their back, because that’s the leg that wraps around the opponent.

You should be in a semi squat position crouched over the opponent before falling back. As you fall back, you should be at a slight angle.

One leg is over their head  and you have two options for the other leg. You can either put it between their legs or across their back.

Most coaches will recommend putting that leg over their back. It makes the Peruvian Necktie tighter and more effective. 

This submission is super effective and puts a lot of pressure on the opponent’s neck. The opponent will only have a quick moment to react before having to submit.

Here is Keenan Cornelius breaking down key details on how to do the Peruvian Necktie.

Or check out the originator of the move himself Tony De Souza showing details of the move here.

(Disclaimer: If you don’t speak Spanish, you may need to turn the subtitles on.)

Key Details to Consider:

  • Shoulder Pressure: Make sure that you do not forget to put shoulder pressure on the opponent’s back. If you don’t apply pressure to hold them down, then they can easily sit out to escape. 
  • Fall at an Angle: To get the pressure for this choke, you need to fall at an angle. Falling straight back puts no pressure on their neck and they can easily escape.
  • Sit Right On Your Butt: You to sit right on your butt in order to get full pressure on the choke. Sitting on the side of your butt doesn’t put full pressure on the opponent and they can escape.
  • Wrap Your Leg Around Their Back: I know it isn’t wrong to put your leg between their during the finish, but around the back is better. The choke is tighter and has a less percentage of escape.

Peruvian Necktie Chain Attacks

The Peruvian Necktie really meshes well with other submission attacks. You can easily setup a Guillotine Choke, a Darce Choke, or even an Anaconda Choke. Set ups for the moves are really similar to each other, so the opponent may not know which choke is coming. You can fake one choke to set up the other. This makes it a real dangerous addition to your arsenal of attacks!

How To Defend The Peruvian Necktie

  • Don’t Let Them Break Your Posture: You can’t get put in the Peruvian if you don’t let them get you in position for the submission. To do the Peruvian, they need to break you down and grab your neck. If you can win the hand fighting battle and don’t let them snap your head down, there’s no Peruvian. 
  • Pull Guard: Much like the guillotine choke defense, pulling guard can work to defend the Peruvian. To do the Peruvian, the opponent needs you to be in the turtle position on all fours. If you’re not in the turtle position, they can’t do the submission. 
  • Grab A Leg: To do the Peruvian, the opponent needs to step over your head and fall back. Grabbing their leg will prevent them from stepping over to do the submission. You may be in danger of getting in a guillotine, but keep your head against their side to prevent that. 


Since the Peruvian Necktie was introduced into BJJ it has changed the game. Now people have a plethora of chokes to learn from the front headlock position. You will be a more complete fight by adding the Peruvian Necktie to your jits game.

The Peruvian Necktie has also inspired a wide variety of necktie variations since its introduction. You now have submissions like the Japanese Necktie and Brazilian Necktie to learn to go along with the Peruvian Necktie.