5 Ways to Defend the Triangle in BJJ With Tom Barlow
Welcome to the latest video in our series of martial arts tutorials filmed and explained by Warrior Collective. Warrior Collective is run by Stuart Tomlinson, who has been involved in shaping the UK martial arts scene for over twenty years.
In this piece, UK-based Brazilian jiu jitsu expert Tom Barlow discusses five fundamental ways to defend against the triangle. Tom is a black belt under Braulio Estima. He is head instructor of Masters Academy in Plymouth, and multiple-times World and European Champion (gi and no gi).
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Defending the Triangle Tutorial
- Prevention is better than cure. You must maintain good posture.
- Any time you have one arm between and one arm outside your opponent’s legs, you can be hit with the triangle choke.
- The tighter the position the more difficult the escape will be.
The video shows a progression of escapes as the triangle gets tighter and tighter. Each escape is based on two principles:
- Maintaining posture
- Changing the angle of the triangle