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Reverse The Takedown And Get A Triangle Instead!

Reverse The Takedown And Get A Triangle Instead!


It is no secret to anyone that knows me that the triangle submission is hands down my favorite submission to look for in live training. 

The triangle gives us so many options, the first of which is that we get to use our legs to fight against the opponent’s neck and shoulder, I mean, how much better can it get?  How about having the ability to use your hands as needed in a self defense situation, or even in a Jiu Jitsu match to threaten other submissions.  

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In addition to loving the triangle submission, I have a special level of hatred for being taken down, but especially when the opponent shoots a double and stands up with me.  I know, I know, it’s part of the game and I’m working through that, but in the meantime, what if there were a way to counter the thing I hate most with the thing I love most… 

It should come as no surprise that when I saw the “Double Leg Defense with Reverse Triangle” video clip by Travis Stevens, I was very… very intrigued.  Let’s take a look at this and breakdown the technique so you can decide how effective you think it could be as an addition to your game. 

Starting out, Travis has his opponent in the turtle position in front of him and he is on top of him, although, I don’t think starting in another position would have an impact on this overall technique. From here his opponent shoots in for a double leg as Travis sprawls back he is not quick enough and the opponent gets his legs and comes up to a kneeling position with one foot planted. 

Travis first over hooks the opponent’s right arm with his left arm and prepares his other hand to post as the opponent comes down and starts to drive into him and drop him to the side.  As soon Travis’s inside foot (his left foot) can touch the ground he is looking to backstep as far back as possible to reduce the opponent’s control and create an angle that will set us up for the triangle.  Once on the ground Travis uses his over hook to grip the Gi and pull the opponent to the ground. 

As the opponent is now on both hands and both knees Travis is perpendicular to him and his right leg is over the opponent’s left arm and under the opponent’s face and right arm.  From here Travis is able, with his over hook arm to reach down and grab his right ankle pulling it just above the opponent’s arm pit where he can now lock a figure four lock over that foot with his other leg.  At this point we have established the reverse triangle and it’s simply a matter off finishing it by squeezing the knees together and pulling the head down, or if you prefer hugging around your knees and squeezing or any other variation of finishing the triangle choke that you may have seen and liked, and obviously tried, trained, and been successful with. 

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One thing we don’t think about nearly as often as we likely should is having the proper grips throughout the entire match.  It’s easy to focus on the transitions from move to move, but it’s much harder to think about each grip that gets you from one to the next.  One might say there is a science to it. If you are looking to take your grip game to the next level then it is time for you to checkout “Scientific Gripping Systems for Jiu Jitsu” – by Travis Stevens.  This video instructional was created to teach you the science of gripping specifically for Jiu Jitsu by an Olympic Judo Silver Medalist, and world class Jiu Jitsu Black Belt.  This video will certainly give you a completely new perspective on gripping and how to evaluate how functional your grip is, while transforming your entire game. If you are looking for that secret sauce that is sure to give you an edge over your competition, this just might be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

Travis has joined forces with BJJ Fanatics for many great jiu jitsu and judo-related instructionals.  His most recent release is focused on how to achieve, maintain and utilize the best grips in jiu jitsu.  Get Scientific Gripping Systems for Jiu Jitsu today and know how to never let go of those effective grips once you achieve them!  Check it out at BJJ Fanatics!




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