"I looked at that choking technique you showed on your blog and I think you're doing it wrong."
"What the hell do you mean I'm doing it wrong? I made that technique up. How can I be doing a technique wrong that I made up? That doesn't even make sense. That is like me saying that my favorite color is red and you saying no, it isn't."
"You didn't make that technique up. It's been around since the 1980s, maybe before."
"Oh, yeah, well I've been around since before the 1980s. Besides, if it's not the same technique, maybe I did make it up. Maybe whoever did it copied it from me."
"Well, I'm telling you that I looked at your blog on my iPad and I think what you are doing is a variation of the British strangle. Look it up British strangle on youtube and you will see what I mean."
The disadvantage is that now he is aware of it when I talk smack about him on my blog (not that it will stop me).
So, I did look up the British strangle and found a bunch of videos on youtube including this one with Nicholas Gill.
Jim says we need to call the section in the book where I discuss the two chokes in the last couple of blogs "variations on the British strangle". Fine!
Actually, although I give Jim a hard time for a hobby, I have no problem believing that someone came up with that choke before me. It wouldn't be the first time. When I was a teenager, I was very, very excited about this choke that I had made up. I showed it to my coach and he said,
"Yeah, that's the one Klaus Glahn, the 1972 Olympic silver medalist beats everyone with."
In fact, you can find the choke in the Tap Out Textbook under Glahn's name.
As far as the British strangle, yes, I had seen it before. No, that is not what I was trying to do and doing it wrong. I actually prefer my way of doing it. I'm not saying that Nicholas Gill and Jimmy Pedro, Jr. and anyone else who does it that way is doing it wrong either. It's just a different technique, like seoi toshi isn't a wrong way of doing tai otoshi.
Jim would argue that no, it's a variation and that makes him right.
Hmph. Whose ideas was it to buy him an iPad for Christmas?