Most times you have a juji gatame arm bar you also have a triangle available

Most times you have a juji gatame arm bar you also have a triangle available: The positioning for arm bars and triangles is such that WHENEVER YOU HAVE ONE, YOU ALMOST ALWAYS HAVE THE OTHER AVAILABLE. Triangles have the inherent advantage that they a locked around your opponents head and shoulder and hence much tighter. Also, triangles offer the dual benefits of a strangle as well as an arm lock and also, you can attack the joints from a triangle as well or even better than you can from a conventional juji gatame position. For these reasons it is often worth your time to switch your legs from the classic arm bar to a triangle when working for your submission. At little cost you will soon find yourself exerting considerably more control and with more finishing options. Here, Gordon Ryan takes an Ollie to from a brutal arm bar into a still more brutal triangle variation that makes escape very unlikely and allows him to choose his next attack in a leisurely fashion. Next time you are in arm bar position, play around with transitions to triangle variations - front, side, rear and reverse - and see what kind of havoc you can create


Variations: For any given move in Jiu jitsu there are many variations. It is crucial for your development that when you find a move that suits you well, you study it deeply and come to know all its variations and how these work together. Only in this way can you exploit the full potential of a given move. Think of the triangle - one of the most commonly seen and effective submissions in the sport. Most people talk about THE triangle - as though there was only one type. In fact you have the front triangle (the most well known and common variant in Jiu jitsu), side triangle, rear triangle, reverse triangle and back to front triangle - and within each of those main variations there are sub variations. Each is well suited to a specific task. Learning to use them together to cover every possible contingency as you grapple is the basis of your path to mastery. Here, Garry Tonon applies a beautiful and shockingly tight sub variant of the front triangle that creates a very tight strangle indeed.

The power of the triangle - Gordon Ryan victorious in Dallas

The power of the triangle - Gordon Ryan victorious in Dallas: Gordon Ryan defeated 10th planet standout Kyle Boehm here is Dallas tonight in his first return to competition since the covid 19 crises broke out. It was wonderful to be back in action again and see so many of the great figures of the sport again after the long lockdown inactivity and what seems like an eternity. The match featured a no time limit submission only format - arguably the most “pure” form of Jiu jitsu as there is no doubt about the eventual winner. These matches have a very different pace and tempo from regular points matches with time limits. Mr Ryan paced himself well early on but started to apply increasing amounts of pressure as time passed until he was about to take Mr Boehms back after a leg lock attempt and in a scramble transitioned beautifully from arm bar to triangle. The threat of the strangle forced Mr Boehm to come forward and into a very interesting bent arm lock variation within the triangle (essentially a variation of an American lock) that created a vicious break and a quick end to the match. It was a fine example of MULTIPLE THREATS - so important in high level Jiu jitsu where the resistance levels are very high. The triangle offers an incredible ability to fuse together strangle threat with multiple arm lock threats - you have juji gatame, ude gatame (reverse armlock), kimura and American locks (even a wrist lock in there). It is so hard for an opponent to cover all the simultaneous threats - worse still when the person doing it is Gordon Ryan. Hope you all enjoyed the show. Thank you to the promotion and flograppling for starting the road back to Jiu Jitsu with the these small first steps. Wishing you all the best from Dallas, Texas!

Rear triangle (ushiro sankaku)

Don’t use triangles because of short legs? Rear triangle (ushiro sankaku) FTW! The triangle has many variations. Unfortunately in Jiu Jitsu most students only really make use of one of the variations - the front triangle - usually performed from guard position. There is no question that the front triangle has proven to be the most applicable and effective in Jiu jitsu competition, but many students tell me it they they are simply too short legged to get the move to work for them in sparring. While there are some ways to maximize your effectiveness with short legs, it is nonetheless quite clear that short legs can be a problem for front triangles. If you want to make use of the incredible power of triangles but feel your leg length is an issue - START USING REAR TRIANGLES. Rear triangles, due to the changes in position and angle, are much easier for short legged athletes to use on broad shouldered opponents than front triangles. Once you start scoring regularly with rear triangles perhaps your confidence will rise and you’ll be more willing to try again with front triangles You never know! Here, Nicky Ryan locks on a flawless rear triangle and shows its incredible power as a restraining hold, arm lock potential and a strangle - it’s an amazing weapon for everyone - including short legged athletes (like me )

Match your strength against his weakness - the triangle

Match your strength against his weakness - the triangle: Jiu Jitsu is a grappling style focused almost entirely upon the use of your LEGS to control an opponent. The best scenarios are those that match the strongest part of your body - your legs and hips - against his upper body. This is how a smaller person can defeat a bigger person. The quintessential example of this is the triangle. It directly matches your legs and hips against an opponents head/neck and one arm. Learn to enter into the five major variations of the triangle from any position, too or bottom, and you will dramatically improve your ability to make your legs the centerpiece of your control game and at the same time, be able to submit an opponent in a number of different ways. Here, Gordon Ryan, master of the triangle, ties up an opponent and now has his choice of how and when to finish

The triangle - among the most remarkable of all techniques in martial arts

The triangle - among the most remarkable of all techniques in martial arts: The triangle, which uses the power of the legs to strangle an opponent was one of the last great martial arts submission techniques to be invented. Most submissions go far far back into history. You can see drawings of strangleholds, arm locks and leg locks carved into walls and drawn in old manuscripts - but you won’t see a triangle. To the best of our knowledge, the triangle appears to have been discovered around 1913 in the old Japanese Kosen schools of judo. There are some likely candidates for the actual inventors but we can’t really be sure. Think about that. THAT MEANS MANKIND INVENTED POWERED FLIGHT, MACHINE GUNS, SUBMARINES, TELEPHONES MODERN ARTILLERY etc BEFORE WE INVENTED THE ABILITY TO STRANGLE SOMEONE WITH OUR LEGS!!! Every time you step on the mats you get a chance to use this pinnacle of martial arts ingenuity that took humans MILLENNIA to arrive upon! Take that opportunity every chance you get! And when you finish it, take a moment to thank those incredible old masters who thought outside the box and changed the grappling world with this incredible technique. (Bonus question for the history buffs out there - what are the implications of this for the history of Maeda and his teaching of the Gracie’s )