When you're in a front headlock position, do you leave it open or keep it closed? Open meaning that one hand is around the head and one is pulling up on the opponent's tricep, whereas closed means that you lock your hands around the head and arm. I have two coaches who both teach it different ways.

I originally started with it open, since that was the way I learned it first, but now that I've learned the closed option, I've transitioned more over to that. I like it closed since it feels like I can really pinch my elbows together and crunch them in, making it more uncomfortable for them. Also, in the rare chance I get to hit a cement mixer, it makes them a lot easier What about you all?