“A triangle choke is a chokehold which strangles the opponent by encircling the neck and one arm with the legs, in a configuration similar to the shape of a triangle.” -Wikipedia
On Monday at Lincoln BJJ Center, The Professor told us that the theme in the advanced class for the next four to six weeks is going to be the triangle choke! Mike and I were very happy to hear it, but some of the big guys were a little sad, and Greg decided he would mix things up by having the bigger people partner with the smaller people for drilling, so I worked in a group of three with Mike and Adam.
Even though I’m not tall, my legs must be long in proportion to my body, because the triangle is one thing in BJJ that I don’t totally suck at, and I can get it on people who are bigger than me, but on Monday I discovered that it’s physically impossible for me to triangle choke Adam, because I can’t close my legs. So, it was silly of me to then try to set Fuji up in a triangle during rolling, which he probably let me do, because he knew it was never going to happen! I didn’t successfully triangle anyone on Monday, but I only got triangled twice myself, and it wasn’t for lack of trying.
I’ve already extolled the virtues of the triangle choke in previous posts, but it’s as though the more I do it, the more I love it! On Monday we learned a set-up from closed guard that I’d never done before, and it clicked with me right away. The first time I practiced it, The Professor was watching, and he was actually impressed with my performance! He told me he thought it was something I should add to my game, and I fully intend to (but next time, I’ll try it on someone other than Fuji!).
Long before I started training Jiu-Jitsu, the triangle was always my favorite shape, and now I know why! I think Professor Greg also likes it, because it was the first thing he had us practice at LBJJC, and we’ve never devoted an entire month to working on just one technique before. In a single day, I already learned new details from Greg and Mike that should make my triangles more effective, so I can’t wait to see how much they improve in six whole weeks!