For FighterCorner.com’s first ever installment of technique of the day, we look to learn from 6th degree BJJ Black Belt, Renzo Gracie.
We’ve all been there before. You’ve got the triangle threatened and some behemoth of a guy just painlessly stacks you, leaving your attack useless and your guard passed. In this video, Renzo Gracie teaches us how to secure the triangle choke on larger opponents, especially when you’ve got shorter legs.
Personally, this used to be a huge problem for me. I would have a hard time properly locking the triangle (remember guys, ALWAYS lock over your ankle, not your foot. It’s either do it properly or don’t do it at all.) against bigger opponents, especially because I’m a relatively short guy. This technique has massively improved my triangle game and I hope it helps you as well.
While it is true that having longer legs makes it easier for one to use the triangle, people with shorter legs shouldn’t be discouraged when using the technique. People with shorter legs have less space in between their legs and when you do secure a triangle, you don’t have to work much to force the tap as your opponent won’t have that much space to work with.
Things to remember
- Always control your opponent’s posture. This can mean having your hand on his head, in his collar with the gi on, etc.
- Scoot your butt out until you secure the proper angle to lock the triangle
- When locking the triangle, lock over your ankle and NEVER on your foot
- Secure a perpendicular angle after locking the triangle to avoid getting stacked
That does it for the first ever installment of FighterCorner’s Technique of the Day. Remember, we’re here for you round after round!
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