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5 Best Arm Triangle Choke Attacks And Escapes

5 Best Arm Triangle Choke Attacks And Escapes


What is the Arm Triangle Choke?

The arm triangle is a head and arm choke that is mostly a blood submission, but also beats up the neck a lot too. The position is when you have a head and arm clinch where your arm is against one artery, and your opponent's shoulder is on the othe artery.

The submission is similar to the traditional triangle choke, except that arms are used instead of the legs. It can also be referred to as the head and arm choke are the Judo / Japanse Jujitsu term Kata Gatame.

The arm triangle control position is a powerful head and arm clinch. There are a variety of ways to use the head and arm clinch / arm triangle position to reduce air flow, choke them out, and apply nasty neck cranks. The arm triangle is also a submission that can be effective standing, and can also lead to many takedowns.

When the arm triangle choke submission is applied properly, as a blood choke, your opponent will be knocked out in seconds.

Neil Melanson loves choking dudes and cranking on necks. It's kindof his speciality. If you like the arm triangle, guillotine choke, d'arce chokes and more- check out his Head Hunter Guillotine Series


Arm Triangle Choke Attacks

There are a variety of different spots that you can get the arm triangle choke. The most common and high percentage is mount and side control.

Arm Triangle from Mount With Kurt Osiander

"Chin In The Eye" Finish For Arm Triangle Choke (And Other Arm Triangle Tips)

The arm triangle choke in BJJ can be an effective choke. But at times it can be hard to finish. Whether because your partner starts to defend or you get a little to excited and don't secure all the grips properly.

Finishing Head And Arm Chokes / Arm Triangles!

How often do we get the head and arm choke on and your training partner taps and they say 'oh man, that cranked my neck'. Now we training in Jiu-Jitsu to, where ever possible, get the best possible choke. And really don't want to hurt our training partners with a cranked neck. The big question, therefore is, how do you know or how do you make sure it really is a legit choke, not a neck crank?

Arm Triangle Choke Escapes

One of the submissions that I see a lot of the lower experienced students get caught in is the arm triangle choke. The arm triangle is a tricky choke that you can hit from many of the top positions in Jiu Jitsu. Getting caught in it is uncomfortable, and eventually causes pain as the blood gets caught off from circulating to your brain. You can put a lot of people to sleep with it. So how can you defend the BJJ arm triangle choke? There are actually quite a bit of escapes for the choke, but I always like to start out with the easier escape. So let’s see how we can escape the arm triangle choke.

Bernardo Faria has a way of escaping everything. Maybe because he's seen it all, or maybe his methods are so simple that they just work to get out of all bad positions and submissions.


So perhaps you made a mistake. Perhaps your opponent hit the arm triangle from mount, or side control and now you’re stuck. The first thing that you need to do is to create space between your arm, your neck and your opponent’s head, since that is what causes the asphyxiation. Connect your hands by going palm to palm. With your free arm, push your inside arm towards your opponent’s head. This will create enough space so that you won’t be tapped by the choke. Now while you’re pushing your opponent’s head away, you need to bridge your hips upward to create even more space. With the space that you’ve created, you can circle your trapped arm around the opponent’s head and then connect your hand to your wrist and hug him.

Now you are completely safe from the choke. But you are still not in the greatest of positions. All you have to do is switch your hips and pull your opponent over. You will be in the top position and will be able to work that portion of your game.

Escapes are so important. Position escapes and submissions escapes will save your butt in competition. By mastering these escapes, you will be able to move on to the offense and take the pace and action into your own hands. If you want to improve your escape game then check out…

Arm Triangle Escape By Kurt Osiander

Bernardo is a 5 time Black Belt World Champion - think about that for a second.. He’s won five.. - America has only ever won two. So it is safe to say that his escapes are very solid. He knows how to get out of anything and pretty much always does.


Escapes From Everywhere By Bernardo Faria



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