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The Perfect Triangle Choke For Short Legs
How To Do The Perfect Triangle Even If You Have Short Legs by John Danaher
The beauty of a triangle submission is that it is so versatile. You can hit the triangle from many different positions, from bottom, from top, from standing… every type of situation you can imagine. When it comes to triangles, John Danaher is your guy. Danaher is one of the most revered BJJ practitioners in the world. While Danaher is notorious for his leg locks, he is also known for being an amazing teacher. His meticulous attention to detail and his ability to break down positions into their most fundamental concepts makes him a very good resource for BJJ knowledge whether you are just beginning or have years of experience under your belt.
Even though The Danaher Death Squad guys are known for their leg locks... and now triangles, John Danaher also is a master of explaining and breaking down the kimura attack system.
Today we will look at how to do a perfect triangle, even if you have short legs. Watch the video below and then we will break it down. Check it out!
So how exactly do you lock up the triangle if you have shorter legs? There are a few key details that can help you lock the triangle so that it is very tight. Danaher emphasizes that there are limits to what you can do with short legs. The reality is, if you are five feet tall and your opponent is 6 feet tall it is going to be very difficult for you to lock the triangle. But within the parameters of your weight division it is highly likely you will be able to do a triangle as long as your body position is correct. Yes, leg length does play a roll. But far more importantly than your legs is the degree of body positioning that you employ to sit up and finish the triangle. That is the number one factor that determines whether or not your legs get the job done.
First let’s understand one thing about the triangle. Like any strangle hold, it is a grip around your opponent’s neck and arm. When Danaher goes to lock a triangle, there is a certain action that creates the space for the strangulation to happen. That space can be bigger or smaller depending on how tight the triangle is and how close your knees are to your chest. So there are two ways in which the diameter of your triangle can diminish or expand. One has to do with your legs going down, and one has to do with your knees coming in. The amount of space in a tight triangle is actually quite limited. When Danaher locks up the triangle his forearm is roughly the diameter. That means if your opponent is very broad shouldered it is going to be hard to lock up the triangle.
By using body positioning you can get around these problems. From any standard situation when you go into the front triangle, the number one problem is that your opponent’s shoulder starts coming inside the lock of your legs. Ultimately what you want is your opponent’s neck and one arm inside your triangle. What you do not want is the bulk of his shoulder. The more his shoulder comes forward the harder it becomes to lock the triangle. What you want to do is eliminate the shoulder. How? The number one method is with the correct angle. You do not want to be square in front of your opponent, and you do not want his head to rise vertically. So you need to do two things: control his head, and go offline. The first thing you want to do is cup your training partner’s head with one hand to keep him from posturing up. Secondly, you need some kind of angle. Put your calf muscle of your opponent’s shoulder, giving you the ability to turn. Now you need to eliminate the shoulder. Take your two feet and point them in the same direction your opponent is facing. Swing your body around to face the same direction as him. This will prevent your training partner from posturing up. Then take your leg and cover your opponent’s shoulder. Now when you lock your legs your supporting leg goes to your strangle leg. Bring your lower back from the ground and lock the figure four. The very nature of this lock is incredibly tight. Even if your opponent stands it means very little, because the lock is still directly above his head, and is very tight.
As you can tell, the level at which Danaher approaches his technique is a level of mastery. If you are less experienced and having trouble getting a triangle submission, or any submission in general, it is likely because there are small yet crucial details you just have not picked up on yet. With teachers like Danaher you are likely to gain a lot of knowledge, so keep these tips in mind and you will have the perfect triangle!