Gracie Breakdown: Teenager Chokes His Cousin to Death Using RNC [2012-Apr-02]

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I am posting this 2-year old article to stress the importance of properly executing strangles instead of chokes. — Dave

Gracie Breakdown: Teenager Chokes His Cousin to Death Using RNC

On Sunday, April 1, 2012, a Louisiana man was choked to death by his younger cousin. Stephen A. Arceneaux III, a 24-year-old from Destrehan, was pronounced dead at 10:39 p.m. Sunday night, April 1, 2012. The two were at a house party and began wrestling around on an inflated mattress when the 14-year-old, 110 lbs. younger cousin placed Arceneaux in a Rear Naked Choke. After 30-40 seconds, witnesses noticed Arceneaux was turning blue so the choke was released. Arceneaux’s girlfriend tried unsuccessfully to revive him before he was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

In the wake of the tragic accident that occurred last week, the Gracie Brothers provide a video breakdown explaining precisely how Stephen Arceneaux III was choked to death by his younger cousin. Their hope is to educate the youth about the serious risks of practicing jiu-jitsu techniques, chokes in particular, without proper training and supervision.

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This is probably one of the most important videos ever produced by the Gracie Brothers. As soon as the video was published it was picked up and featured on Yahoo! Sports and featured in an article by Cheryl Ragsdale. If the article gets enough traffic, it may end up on the Yahoo! main page which would ensure that millions of MMA enthusiasts willl see it the safety video. Please check out the article and share with as many people in your network as possible so we can make it happen.

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