Matt Arroyo’s “Magic Grip” To Escaping The Triangle Choke

In Jiu Jitsu, if you don’t have questions, then something isn’t wrong with the way you are training.

Often, I get asked about how to escape the triangle choke.  I have the same answer, but I got to the point where even I wanted to know more about it, so I began searching the internet for effective triangle submission escapes.

What I got was a slick technique from UFC veteran, Matt Arroyo.

Just by following a few basic steps, the triangle choke will no longer present any major issues!

The Importance of Proper Limb Placement

When looking to escape the triangle choke, an important focal point is the placement of your limbs.  Let’s assume that our opponent is looking to lock on the triangle choke and have it somewhat locked in, or in the diamond stage.

The very last thing you want to do is to allow them to take your arm and bring it across their body.  This will cut off the blood flow to your brain, thus forcing you to tapout.

In order to avoid this from happening, keep your elbow tight to your leg.  Which arm side has the arm in, make sure that you keep that same side shoulder away from your neck.  By keeping it near the neck, you are running the risk of it pressing against your neck and cutting off the blood flow.

Once this occurs, take your opposite hand, and bring it to your rib cage.  Next, slide through their legs, so that your hands are now able to form the gable grip.

In this position, you will begin to be able to fend off the hold and advance position.

Being The Aggressor And Advancing Your Position

Once you get this far, there’s no need to take it easy.  Being aggressive and active in your pursuit to escape from this spot is an absolute must!

Chances are very high that at this point, your opponent will likely have to readjust their legs, which will in turn open up their guard, making the entire pursuit of the triangle choke pointless and void!

Even if they open their legs and break the hold, you want to keep your hands tightly clasped together!  If they have the chance, they will likely grab your free hand and apply an omoplata for either a submission or to sweep.  By keeping your hands together, you are taking that potential option off of the table.

At this point, you are now able to enforce your will upon your opponent.  Between them having their hold broken, and likely off at an awkward position, you will have the opportunity to pass into a rather dominant spot that they will have a hard time defending against.

All in all, the key to dealing with the triangle choke is remaining calm no matter what!  Once you have a calm and clear approach in this position, then being able to escape it will no longer be an issue.

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Dan Faggella

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