Have you ever tried to triangle choke someone while someone else was armbarring you? Well, I have, and it’s not easy! During open mat on Thursday, Conan told me to roll with one of the newer white belts, who I will call Benjamin (I didn’t say that was his name, I just said that’s what I’m going to call him), but Conan must have thought it would be more fair if he teamed up with Benjamin against me!
I learned from Sensei Dave in sparring class that if I have more than one attacker, I should try to use the least threatening one as a human shield against the others, so the first thing I did was to position Benjamin between myself and Conan. When Conan started coming around, I figured I had a limited amount of time to take control of Benjamin and submit him before Conan attacked, so I quickly pulled him into spider guard. By the time Conan made it to my back, I had already shot in for the triangle on Benjamin, but my foot wasn’t quite locked behind my knee. As I went to reach up and pull it in, Conan got hold of my arm, and he threw his leg over for the armbar. I tried to finish the triangle anyway, but I just couldn’t sink it. I told Conan that it was really hard to do while I was being armbarred, and he said “I don’t know, it looks like you’re doing a pretty good job.” Yeah well, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades! Neither of which are allowed on the mat.
I tapped to Conan’s armbar, and then he went away and let me submit Benjamin without any further distractions. It wasn’t with a triangle, though, I swept him and then ended up subbing him with an armbar from mount. The same armbar Conan used on me, juji gatame.