Are Neck Cranks (and in particular the Can Opener) Dick Moves in BJJ?
Well, as always, what classifies a Dick Move is usually if the person’s intent who is executing the technique.
That said, when it comes to day-to-day training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. My objective is to train hard. But make sure my partner is healthy and safe.
And Neck Cranks have the ability to do some nasty stuff to the neck and the discs in the spine. And because of that I often avoid them.
Because typically speaking, once your neck is injured. It’s never quite the same. So for myself and my Brazilian Jiujitsu training partners.
I avoid them for the most part.
I typically stick to submissions that I can finish cleanly, that aren’t dependent on pain to get the submission.
That said, it is important to understand how neck cranks work and how to defend against them in BJJ so that you are able to adjust to them.
In this video I show some simple counters to the Can Opener technique.