There’s this little thing in Jiu-Jitsu called the Arm Triangle. It’s a fairly lethal technique that I’ve not yet been able to find an escape for. Once someone throws it on, it’s basically curtains. That is, if they throw it on correctly. If they don’t, they just lay there and squeeze, only to lose patience and move onto something else. What I’m trying to say here is that the Arm Triangle is yours to lose.
Brian Johnson rolled through town a few years back and gave a nice seminar. He covered many areas, one being how to submit your opponent with none other than what we’re talking about – the Arm Triangle. He pretty much demystified the entire sequence of setting it up, putting it into place and most especially, finishing it. Finishing this technique is typically where most people fail. If you’ve ever lay on your side, next to your partner, squeezing with all your might – to only have their head turn purple, you know what I’m talking about. It’s frustrating to get the whole thing put in place, only to lose it at the very end.
Anyway, getting the Triangle isn’t what I want to cover here. Getting out of it is. One thing that Brian Johnson only touched on was one or two delay tactics you can put in place once you get stuck, but from what I’ve found though the years is that there really is no reason to use them. Like I said, they are only delay tactics and once a few seconds are over, you tap from the submission.
Last night, I wanted to put this issue to bed. First, I wanted to know if there even was an escape from the Arm Triangle and second, I wanted to know what it was.
As it turns out, there is an escape. Now, like you and I are keenly aware, stuff on Youtube doesn’t have the best reputation for working. I wanted to put this out there anyway. Perhaps I’ll give this escape a try tomorrow and see what happens. Usually, I only need just a few seconds to gauge whether or not something is total BS.
Take a look at these videos and let me know what you think. Ever try these escapes? Do you have an Arm Triangle escape I’m not aware of? I would love to know.
Arm Triangle Escape
Arm Triangle Escape to Arm Bar