As you may already know, I have a certain affinity for the triangle choke. I think a lot of people do. Whether or not you have the perfect build to be throwing triangles on people, you should really, at the very least, know how to perform many of the set ups – as well as know how to defend against them. In Jiu-Jitsu, it’s not all that important that you use every single technique you’ve learned through the years every single time you roll. BJJ wisdom comes from the awareness of what your opponent may know. In some communities, they call this, “intelligence.”
When I roll and I’m in the mood to use my legs, I prefer a few of the basic triangle setups. I like triangle from spider guard, from scissor sweep and from mount the best. Those are my primary “go to” setups. This isn’t to say that I don’t have more in my bag of tricks, it’s just that I find these work well most of the time.
What I’m finding lately is that the triangle can be used in many more scenarios than I’ve ever imagined. As players become more and more creative and attempt to sell more apps and DVD sets, they’ve got to introduce the latest and greatest techniques into the system. I’ve seen Dan Faggella and Jason Scully do a lot of this. They’ve pushed the line so far, it’s difficult to keep up. Let’s just say that much of what these guys teach wasn’t taught in Brazil 30 years ago. And correct me if I’m wrong, many of those guys have never even heard of the flying triangle.
I found a really nice video today that was put out by Jason Scully that covers 52 triangle setups. You should really take a look. My jaw dropped when I saw some of them. If for nothing else, like I mentioned above, watch this video to learn what not to do. Just by sitting upright in guard, you may be exposing your neck to allow your opponent to jump over your legs and submit you. Not cool.
52 Triangle Choke Set Ups In Just 8 Minutes – Jason Scully BJJ Grappling