In Judo, one of the goals (if possible) is to choke your opponant out. This I believe constitutes an Ippon. In other words, game, set, match. In jujitsu training, shime waza is practiced as well. In Nihon Jujitsu, there are 5 carotid chokes in the curriculum:
Yoko Eri jime
Are there more than that? Probably, but like most of jujitsu techniques, they are chokes made from the basics up top. All of these chokes have their place in training, and all are extremely strong once in place. However, more often or not, these chokes turn into windpipe chokes and not carotid. Which is better? Who's to say? I would suggest that instead of crushing a windpipe that putting someone out is much more efficient and less messy :-)
How many people use these in their randori? How about you Small Circle people? Is shime waza in your curriculum?
Any comments on the art of shime waza?