I’ve got long legs, so early on in my Jiu-Jitsu career, I learned that the triangle choke is one of my go to moves. Back in the beginning, I think I had some pretty good luck with it, but as the guys figured out my game, they block it very early on.
It was great back then. All I would have to do during one of our sparring sessions was to pull guard, trap an arm, slide my leg up to the neck and finish. Now, they won’t even let me trap an arm. The guys are strong and they’ve figured me out.
So I’m trying to devise something that will help. I need a game changer that will work for me. I’ve pretty much learned, from recent rolls, that it’s all in the setup. If I can’t get the setup right, obviously nothing else is going to be effective. I’ve also learned that the triangle choke is a challenging endeavor and in order to get it, it’s going to take effort, especially against guys who know it’s coming. Over the past few days, I’ve been actually putting the effort into the triangle and have been having fairly good success with it.
So the setup and hard work is what I need.
I do have multiple setups I can use. If I’m rolling with a fairly new Jiu-Jitsu player, those are a snap. They have no idea what’s happening and I get a quick tap. But it’s not really a victory because it’s not a fair fight. Many newer guys tap as I just use pressure against them without even attempting a submission. Those aren’t the taps I’m looking for. The taps I want are from experienced players who know I am going for the triangle. If I can get them, then I know what I’m doing is effective.
One of the big issues with my setup is that those who know what I’m about to do, posture up and force my legs apart. They use a lot of energy and burst out so I’m left laying there trying to defend against their new found guard pass opportunity. If you’ve ever failed at making the triangle work out for you, you’ll understand how frustrating it is to have a guy slip his head out and throw your legs to the side. When that happens to me, I have to basically start all over again. At that point, the cat’s out of the bag and trying to get the triangle then is nearly impossible.
I saw a video today that has a nice, strong triangle setup that I think might work for me. It’s basically an entangled arm pressure move. Once your opponent’s arm is entangled, you maneuver your leg over their other arm and up to their neck. The beauty of this move is that once your leg is over their neck, there’s no need to change body position (another area I lose the triangle). In the video, the guy on bottom simple works his fist into the side of his partner’s neck, as opposed to his partner’s shoulder. You should really watch it. Basically, this technique removes some of the typical barriers someone might have when trying to work the triangle.
Advanced Triangle Choke Details