Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Submission Techniques – The Triangle Choke

I’ve been studying the Triangle Choke in order to improve my success ratio with it.  By teaching you retain and learn better yourself.  I hope by sharing with you what I found out we both benefit.

To start with I reviewed the Triangle Choke in four different books and two different videos along with instruction I received in class.  The books I used were:

The videos I looked at where:

Here are the keys to locking down a successful Triangle from my study.

  1. You don’t want the leg over the neck to be on the shoulders at all.  The leg on the neck must be only on the neck and tight against it with the leg perpendicular to the line of the neck.  You are making a cross.  As you position your leg across the neck you don’t have to worry about them slipping out because you have control of the arm.   Here is a video that illustrates my point: Flying Triangle Choke.  He does get the Triangle but its a sloppy one and had the guy not panicked I think he could have worked his way out.
  2. Your hips should align with his neck.  You are creating a collar.  If your hips are to far past his neck or below you are creating space that keeps you from locking.  Walk your shoulders out or in to get your hips under his neck.
  3. Get the arm across.  Eddie Bravo is the odd man our that doesn’t move the arm across the body.  Control of the arm and its position are critical to the success of the Triangle.
  4. Grab your shin not your foot when pulling the leg across the neck forward to get it perpendicular .  The instinct is to grab the foot.  This puts pressure on your own ankle.  It is better to grab the shin which is solid and not give yourself a sprain or ankle lock.  If you can’t sit up enough to get the shin your hips may be not be aligned correctly.
  5. Angle your hips to get the strangle.  You do this by pulling your upper body to one side or at the same time you hook the leg over the neck.
  6. Lock the leg over where your knee bends while pointing up the toes.  If your Triangle technique is correct you should be able to drop your other leg over the leg across the neck.  This completes the Triangle.  I’ve found that sometimes you don’t even need to get the lock in place if it is correct.  Your arm pulling on your shin with the leg correctly over and tight against the neck can have the same effect as the lock.
  7. Squeeze the legs together, lift the hips,  and pull the head down to get the submission.  Once the lock is in place if that isn’t enough to make them tap then add the fine tuning to put the hurt on fast.
  8. Sweep a stack!  If he starts stacking forward reach over and hook his leg opposite the arm that is in the Triangle.  You have control of his head and arm making his base only one leg.  You have now locked his leg and what can he do as you push with your hips against his upper body?  He will fall over and maybe you will end up in a mounted triangle.  Talk about going from the frying pay into the fire for him.

Saulo Ribeiro Jiu-Jitsu Revolution (Series One) – Teach Yourself at Home

Unless you are financially secure and can spend every waking minute at the dojo or gym with a qualified Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) instructor going over technique and training you need to do some homework.  But I don’t have any one to work or roll with you say.  How am I going to train at home?  I thought the same thing.  I first tired using my wife as my grappling partner.  That didn’t work.  First of all if she got bruised, which is common in Jiu-Jitsu, what were people going to think.  “Hey did you see that bruise on his wife?!”  You can only imagine where that would lead in peoples minds.  So I got a few books to read.  One of them was Jiu-Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro (Click it).  I was so impressed by the way he taught and what he taught I began searching for more from Saulo.  I soon found his DVD instructional series starting with Saulo Ribeiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Revolution Series One. Six Volume DVD Instructional Series for Grappling and Mixed Martial Arts (Click It).  It was just what I needed for training at home.  I could watch it, ponder it, and be ready to maximize my time when training.  I still couldn’t get the same level of physical training at home as I did at the dojo but now I felt like I could make progress outside of my two classes a week.  I think it is starting to show in my training too.  I’m remembering what I see on the DVD during a match and I’m starting to have success because of it.  The next thing I need is a Grappling Dummy (Click it) and some mats.  I think that will take me to the next level of solo training at home.  I’ve also been considering a subscription to Gracie University online.

Gracie University – Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Online

Did you know you can get up to a brown belt in Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu online?  I didn’t until today.  At GracieUniversity.com you watch videos of everything you need to learn.  You video tape your self doing the techniques with some one and mail it in.  What a revolutionary idea.  My questions are, what kind of quality of brown belt will you get in the end?  Does it really substitute for in person training?  I like the chat room that is enabled with each video clip so that you can chat with others about what you are working on.  It also has a online instructor to ask questions about what you are working on.  These are both great ideas.  I wonder if they would accept your submission or test video if you don’t have anyone to work with and only use a grappling dummy?

Please let me know your experience with Gracie University.  I would especially like to hear from some one who has tested for a belt through this system.