In my blog The Undiscovered Frontier of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I talked about new BJJ situations I have been getting in and how that shows growth in my opinion. I gave a specific example of not knowing what to do with a arm bar that the guy is holding on to. I said that I wouldn’t let that happen again or that I would learn from the situation. I went home and drilled with my Submission Master Grappling Dummy on what I would do next time it occurred. Last night in class it paid off. I was rolling with another blue belt. I had him in mount and transitioned to a side mount that I had seen Saulo Ribeiro use. I faked a cross choke and took the arm. He managed to get a hold of his arm and then my study and muscle memory training kicked in. Without thought I threaded my leg through and put him in a triangle choke. He tapped out shortly after I synched it down tight. Oh baby! That felt good! It can be so frustrating to be so close and yet blow it. It was very satisfying to have identified, analyzed, trained, and succeeded at improving my Jiu Jitsu. The next step I think is to know a hand full of techniques I can use against a locked arms like that, not just the transition to the triangle choke.