Basic Triangle Choke

There are a lot of details when trying to finish a basic triangle choke. This video will help raise your level of understanding of what it takes to finish your triangle choke. We all “know” how to do a triangle choke but we tend to skip over the important details. If you truly want to get good and raise the percentage of finished with a basic triangle choke you should drill, drill, drill.

When you are drilling new techniques, you should focus on the basics of the triangle choke. It’s very easy to focus on the first few techniques but as you speed up and get comfortable with the movements we tend to drop off when it comes to the form of the technique. Below you can find some of the key details that you should be focusing on while drilling.

Steps to follow for a Triangle Choke

Start by setting up the triangle choke with proper grips and foot placements.

Take the foot on the bicep and shoot it to your opponents’ neck. Use your hands to pull your opponent down.


Lock the Triangle down by locking your legs and getting an under hook with your far arm.


Make sure you make the adjustment and cut the right angle. At first, it’s okay to put your foot on the floor but try and get to a point where you don’t have to do that. Make sure you can look down your opponents’ ear.

When you are looking to finish the choke, you want to make sure that your foot gets behind your knee. You can see that in this image here.

One of the things I like to do when I drill is short repetitions but a lot of reps. I spend more time being a partner rather than doing the actual drill. One of my favorite drills is a 3 person drill where one person does a triangle choke for 1 min with two partners. The idea here is to give two people and active rest while working. This type of drilling helps athletes remember the steps repeatedly. So, for the white and blue belts who don’t have all the basic Jiu-Jitsu techniques down perfectly this type of drilling will help them remember the techniques more times in one session. Normally athletes drill it one time or two times in a session. This drill for a basic triangle gets athletes to not only think about what they need to do quickly multiple times. It also focuses on teaching athletes what they need to do to help their training partners learn the techniques. Hoping in turn that they understand what they need to look for to get and finish the basic Triangle.

Training Program  – Visit FUJI Fit’s website here: Fitness

Round 1 Round 2 Round 3

X = The training partner who is doing the choke

1 min working time set on the clock with a 15-second break

That means that each set only takes 3 min and 45 seconds to complete. This is great because they average about 10 techniques in that min of work which is a lot of reps. Then they get active rest where they are recovering but also being an active participant in the drill. I like this drill because it forces my white belts to remember quickly what the steps are that they need to do quickly. This helps reinforce memory and retention of the basic triangle choke.

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