The Triangle

By Becca Borawski


November 01, 2006

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Due to the efforts initially of the Gracie family, and many others to follow, Brazilian jiu-jitsu was introduced to the United States in the 1970s and has since thrived. Jiu-jitsu has evolved into a popular art and one of the essential elements of the growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).

The triangle symbolizes Brazilian jiu-jitsu both philosophically and physically. The triangle shape is embedded in the logos of schools across the country. It represents not only the distribution of balance and strength that a jiu-jitsu player’s body should possess but also the spiritual aspect, the three sides representing mind, body, and spirit. In its simplest, most physical explanation, though, it represents the submission known as the triangle choke.

The triangle choke is a blood choke, which restricts the flow of blood through the carotid arteries to the brain. When applied properly, it can quickly render the opponent unconscious.

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10 Comments on “The Triangle”


wrote …

That is NOT a triangle choke.


wrote …

Click on the pdf to see the full sequence of pics....


Anonymous wrote …

That IS a setup for a triangle.


Coach wrote …

Reading before commenting is generally safer than vice versa.


wrote …

Yeah Bob! j/k


wrote …

The instructions are written well in general. However, there really needs to be 1, if not 2, additional pictures between Figures 1 and 2. The instructions and the pictures completely skip over the important parts of getting the right leg over the shoulder and then how get to where the right ankle can get under the left knee.


D wrote …

What about setting it up from an angle? Or is the partner just letting you set it up from straight on? I was taught to set it up from an angle then move or position in a straight on position?! What about the escape?


wrote …

My perception of this caption is to visualize the harmonic balance of the triangle via human interaction. The Triangle is simple in form yet effective in strength, weight distribution, and balance. Any other concerns should be directed to "Ultimate Grappling Magazine."

D-To escape grip hands, posture hard,roll your outside radius inward, and rotate away from the choke. Good luck.
To make it easier...Don't get caught.


Bill Bryan wrote …

Hey there Becca,

The move looks good...however, what about the escape and what about if the guy is trying to strike you in the process. Oooch!

Step by step moves always look good on, but when the rubber meets the road (or the teeth hit the concrete) everything changes.

Bottom line is: don't go to your back if you can help it! Top position is best. E-mail me and I'll send you a nice unorthodox escape that you can use if you do get caught in the Triangle!

~See ya laters



wrote …

If you have to pull the head down your triangle is not good, this should be a last desperate attempt to get the submission. The cursory statement about pulling the arm across is the correct way to do a triangle.

On a guy with that big of shoulders compared to the small-ish woman -short legs- executing the technique, wouldn't throwing the leg over and getting the arm lock be more prudent?

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