Aug 9, 2007

The Triangle Choke- How to Apply it, and How to Defend it (Lots of Videos)

The Triangle Choke

The Triangle is an often used choke, and just as often messed up.
Today, I'll be covering how to get that triangle down perfectly, and how to defend against it.

Wikipedia Says:
A triangle choke (called Sankaku-Jime in judo) is a type of figure-four chokehold which strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent's neck and one arm with the legs in a configuration similar to the shape of a triangle. The technique is a type of lateral vascular restraint that constricts the blood flow from the carotid arteries to the brain

My tips for the triangle:

When hooking a leg over his shoulder, instead of pushing his arm straight back to create the angle, push his arm (from the wrist/forearm) toward his own chest.

a) More space for your leg
b) Making use of leverage over a strength contest with the guy in your guard.

You're probably never going to lock the triangle in perfectly the first try- to make it more likely that you will/make it easier to correct, make sure your hips are off the ground, and make sure you grab onto his head as soon as possible, so that he doesn't posture up and get out of the choke.

Here are two very good videos on applying a triangle:

Via Submissions 101:
Q: What do I do when my triangle is broken, and the guy stacks?
A: Sweep him.

Now, on the other side of the equation-
"Holy CWWWAAAP! I'm in a triangle! What do I do?"

Bas Rutten Shows You:
1) Push towards him
2) Stack
3) Grab back of his head
4) Roll Back

Erik Paulson's Escape to Kneebar (If you catch it early enough)

Here's a pretty interesting one I've never seen before (for the flexible)

Hope you thought today's post was informative


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