If you’re a tall person or you just have lanky legs… The Triangle Choke could be your submission of choice in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, the key word is could; for, even if you do catch opponents in it, if you can’t get the finishing details right – you’ll rarely ever get the tap.
So, if this has been a problem for you, here are a couple of details that will make the Triangle Choke work much more efficiently.
DETAILS FOR A TIGHTER TRIANGLE CHOKE
First of all, you need to be wary of where your “hammer” leg is positioned; it needs to be across their neck on one and across the top of their shoulder on the other side. Don’t keep it low on their upper back.
Once you lock up the Triangle Choke, you need to remember that “locking it all the way” isn’t as important as narrowing the space down. What this means is that you don’t need to have your foot underneath your knee. It could be underneath your calf muscle, but you need to focus on driving your heel to the outside and on clamping down.
With that said, it’s equally important to scoop the “free” arm so that you can make the opponent’s posturing up even tougher than it was beforehand. Also, feel free to go ahead and scoop the leg if they start standing up. It’ll make their lives even more miserable.
Nick “Chewy” Albin demonstrates these details on the video below: