Gracie Barra Bristol, (BJJ), Can Sönmez, Bristol, UK - 06/09/2012
In my class tonight, I continued with the triangle, as that's still the theme for all classes at the moment. This time, I wanted to cover some basic set-ups for the triangle. To refer to Ryan Hall yet again, he groups set-ups into three broad categories: the tap through triangle, the kick through triangle and the rotational triangle. In this lesson I wanted to look at the first two.
Put your other foot on their hip, then raise your own hips. This should cause their arm to extend and lift in front of you, ready to be pulled across your body. Of course, as you may remember from last week, Hall disagrees that this element of the triangle is all that important, emphasising that posture control should always be the priority rather than an unnecessary focus on the arm. Grab your shin and swing the back of your other leg over that shin, then swivel round to the side, squeezing for the submission.
As ever, Ryan Hall has a slightly different approach to the tap-through triangle. In keeping with his insistence on the importance of getting an efficient angle, he suggests shrimping out slightly to get on your side. By doing so you should knock them off-balance. If they try to square back up, that's when you can use their momentum to push their arm between your legs and lock in the triangle.
Again, Hall suggests getting onto your side to avoid facing their strength square-on. He feels it is then easier to push their arm out. Once there, shrimp out, in order to get your leg out and then kick through into the triangle set-up. It's also worth noting - as Hall points out - that you can combine the kick through and the tap through: when you try to push their arm out, they may manage to square back up and push their arm in, leading right back to the tap through set-up.