Jiu Jitsu Journal – February 12th 2021

Triangle. TRI-angle. Tri. Angle. Treeeee On Gllllll. It’s no gi tonight and we’re practicing triangles.

Triangles have always been my nemesis. I can never seem to get the proper angle and I end up submitting myself with a weird ass ankle lock instead. BUT TONIGHT – tonight it clicked during drills. I only fumbled a little bit and the angles came naturally… mostly.

This was drills though, let’s see if I can transfer these sweet drilling skills to live rolling.

We practiced arm drags to triangles; you are sitting in front of your opponent and they are on their knees in front of you, trying to pass your guard.

  • Grip one of their wrists with your opposite hand (cross body) and their elbow with your other hand, pulling the elbow across your body so that it is in the middle of your stomach.
  • Put your foot on their hip (the same side as their arm that you have grabbed) to keep them at a distance and stretch them out.
  • Put your other foot on their other hip for a quick moment, as a distraction.
  • Pull their arm across your body, fall back, and lift your leg above their shoulder and onto their back, across their shoulder blades. As you are moving your leg, you will need to dive your head towards that side of your opponent so that you can get the proper angle for the triangle. You should be looking down your leg.
  • With your other leg, cover their shoulder with your knee then move your leg on top of your ankle to lock them together. Both feet should be in the direction.
  • Dorsal flex both feet and squeeze your thighs together to choke your opponent.

Now, if you mess up and forget to dive your head to get the angle, you will still be laying in front of your opponent. But alas, the day can be saved. Let’s start from the beginning.

  • Grip one of their wrists with your opposite hand (cross body) and their elbow with your other hand, pulling the elbow across your body so that it is in the middle of your stomach.
  • Put your foot on their hip (the same side as their arm that you have grabbed) to keep them at a distance and stretch them out.
  • Put your other foot on their other hip for a quick moment, as a distraction.
  • Pull their arm across your body, fall back, and lift your leg above their shoulder and onto their back. **This time, you mess up and don’t dive your head to get the proper angle, so your leg is just across their back instead of across their shoulder blades.**
  • Grab the back of their head to keep them from posturing up and keep pressure down on their back with your leg.
  • With your other leg, cover their shoulder with your knee then move your leg on top of your ankle to lock them together.
  • Dorsal flex both feet and squeeze your thighs together to choke your opponent.

If they are a smarty pants and figure out that you are attempting to triangle them, they will try to stop it. Obviously. So let’s do an arm drag to a back take instead.

  • Grip one of their wrists with your opposite hand (cross body) and their elbow with your other hand, pulling the elbow across your body so that it is in the middle of your stomach.
  • Put your foot on their hip (the same side as their arm that you have grabbed) to keep them at a distance and stretch them out.
  • At this point, they sit down to keep you from pulling them in.
  • Pull their arm across your body and push their knee back with your foot (the knee on the same side as the arm you have grabbed) so that they break their posture and fall.
  • Move your grip from their wrist to the inside of their bicep and grab their far side with your other hand.
  • At the same time, booty scooty away from them and pull them towards you by their hip so that they fall between your legs.
  • Get your hooks and seat belt to keep them close, then proceed to choke to submission.

That’s all for a fun filled Friday night of ass kicking practice.

❀ La Lady Valdez

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