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26 July 2017

26/07/2017 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Leuven 2017 | Triangle Details (Joey Carta)

Class #854
BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Sportoase Leuven), Joey Carter, Leuven, Belgium, 26/07/2017

This was my favourite class of the camp so far. I hadn't learned from Joey before, but he taught in exactly the way I like, highlighting small details on basic techniques. Today's lesson was called 'triangle safety', in reference to a video that showed someone almost getting badly injured due to throwing on a triangle without being able to prevent their opponent standing up.

Joey began with the simple details of the triangle, with a slightly different approach to postural control. The set-up was from spider guard. Pull on the sleeve as you push firmly with your leg, other foot on the hip. That leg kicks up into the neck, swivelling straight into the usual perpendicular position. You're still pulling on the other sleeve too. Once you've kicked your leg through and got it by their neck, you can release one of your grips to grab the shin, which will further help getting your leg in the right spot.

Having said that, when initially demonstrating, Joey sometimes maintained both grips on the sleeves when demonstrating, I'm not sure if that's how he would do it in sparring. Depends on the reaction he gets, presumably. I would guess it isn't something you'd tend to hold onto, as usually you would release the grips on the sleeves in order to grab the shin. I would then grab the head with my other arm, Joey grabbed the sleeve of the trapped arm (at least in the second bit of technical demonstration).

A simple thing you can try to stop them rising up and taking you into the air is walk your shoulders backwards. You can even complete the submission by putting your head on the mat and lifting your hips, like you're doing a wrestler's bridge. I was a bit nervous of my neck doing that, but certainly viable if your neck and posture are strong.

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Another option to keep solid control is grabbing their shin with both of your hands (on the trapped arm side). My preference is to grab their head with one of those hands, there is also the option of grabbing their arm. Joey grabs around the tricep, pulling it across, like you're setting up an armbar. That can then move into a cool detail Joey added in terms of postural control.

The detail here is putting the foot on the hip and using that to keep them off balance. Once you have your leg over their neck and you've grabbed their shin, as long as you've also gripped their elbow and pull that across too, you can then just keep pushing into their hip every time they try to regain their posture. Should they start to stand, swivel to get your arm to the back of their calf (on the non-trapped arm side), low on the leg. Use that to knock them over. Then you've got the armbar, or possibly finish the triangle by swivelling towards their trapped arm.

If you have your triangle locked on but can't finish for whatever reason, the pressing armbar is right there as well. Hook under their free arm, just above the elbow, pulling that across. Make sure it is the elbow, as higher than that and they have an easier time defence. Pinch your shoulder and your head to capture that arm, like you're trying to hold a phone there. Grab their elbow with your opposite hand and keep rolling it across, as far as it will go. At that point, press down into the elbow for the submission.

There was a nastier option at the end, where you crush your hand into the neck with a v-grip and lock it up, but that looked a bit brutal for my tastes. Also, it is possible in a competition that a ref would disqualify you for that, depending how much you care about adapting your BJJ to fit with particular comp rules (some rules are more sensible than others, especially when it comes to tournament sellers like the IBJJF).

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