Inside the University 750 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

Inside the University 750 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

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In this BJJ Library class at the University, Victor Hugo shows a few techniques he used on his way to winning double gold at the World Championship. First from his closed guard, he breaks his opponent's posture by pulling in with his legs and keeps him down by reaching over his back and grabbing his belt. From here he can grab the wrist and push the arm inside, before closing his legs to trap his opponent, now in position to easily bring the other arm across and finish the triangle.


Inside the University 698 - Triangle Setup Variation from Closed Guard

Inside the University 698 - Triangle Setup Variation from Closed Guard

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Using the same beginning steps as the last triangle setup, Waseem swims his arms in, pulls his opponent in and reaches over to grab the armpit. This time when he grabs the wrist, his opponent resists when he tries to push the arm inside as he did before. So now Waseem turns his palm out and pushes the arm to the outside, giving him space to throw his leg over and setup his triangle.

Inside the University 697 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

Inside the University 697 - Triangle Setup from Closed Guard

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In his last class at the University before moving out of state, Professor Waseem Dannaoui teaches his favorite triangle setup. From the closed guard, he swims his hands inside his opponent's arms to grab the back of the head and triceps, and he pulls them tight to his body, using his legs at the same time to help. Next he plants his foot on the mat and escapes his hips to the side of his triceps grip. He lets go of the arm and reaches across the back of the head, cupping his hand in his opponent's armpit. Now he can let go of the head and push the wrist in, allowing him to throw his leg behind the head. His hand in the armpit grabs his shin to secure the triangle until he can adjust his hips and lock it tight with his other leg.

Inside the University 683 - Kimura Trap from Triangle

Inside the University 683 - Kimura Trap from Triangle

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In this case, after Rene bites his triangle, his opponent defends by hiding his arm. Now he grabs the elbow and the wrist, and torques the arm as he would a Kimura. His opponent may tap to the Kimura, or he may straighten his arm to defend, in which case Rene drags the arm across and finishes the triangle.

Inside the University 682 - Fine Tuning Your Triangle

Inside the University 682 - Fine Tuning Your Triangle

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Polishing up some details on the triangle, Rene first shows that he does not want to keep his hips off the mat very long or his opponent will have an easier time smashing him. When he grabs his safety lock, he makes sure that both feet are flexed and pointing up. He brings his heels down, knees together and then knees to his chest to make the triangle as tight as possible. If he does all this correctly, he should not have to pull the head down to finish.

Inside the University 681 - Finishing the Triangle

Inside the University 681 - Finishing the Triangle

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Now Rene breaks down the details of finishing the triangle after he bites and locks his legs in the diamond position. He drags the inside arm across to the other side, and reaches up to grab his shin and make his safety lock. His other foot goes on the hip to readjust his position so he can lock his triangle tight and finish the choke.

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

Inside the University 651 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

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This time after Rene bites and gets the diamond position, his opponent hides his arm on the outside of the leg. Rene gets his safety lock and readjusts his position the same as before. He reaches across to grab the arm and his other hand grabs the wrist to attack a kimura. His opponent will usually defend by straightening his arm, and this gives Rene the opportunity to drag the arm across and finish the triangle.

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

Inside the University 650 - Avoid Getting Stacked in the Triangle

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After locking the triangle, sometimes your opponent will try to stack you to break free. In this case, you can push your own knee that is over the shoulder, and keep your arm stiff. Now any forward momentum your opponent gains should also push your body and help prevent him from stacking you.

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

Inside the University 649 - Key Details to Finish the Triangle

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Touching on some key details to finish the triangle after he has adjusted his hips and locked his legs, Rene first makes sure his feet are flexed so the the back of his legs are tight. Next he flexes his legs to bring his ankles down, and then squeezes his knees together. This should make his triangle tight enough that he doesn't need to pull the head down to finish, but that is also an option.

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

Inside the University 648 - Setting Up the Triangle with the Diamond Position

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Starting from his closed guard, Rene controls his opponent's arm on his torso, raises his hips and "bites" his legs to the diamond position. The diamond position is his first step to the triangle, where his top thigh is connected to the neck and his feet are crossed behind the head. Next he reaches across to control the inside arm and drag it across his body. He uses his legs to pull his opponent down and his other hand grabs his shin to create his safety lock. Now he can place his foot on the hip to adjust his angle and lock his triangle.

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 10 - Guillotine from Takedown Defense

Eduardo Jamelão Conceição Series 10 - Guillotine from Takedown Defense

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From standing up, Eduardo has his arm resting on his leg to protect from takedowns. As his opponent shoots in for the single leg, he cups the chin, pushes the head to the outside and sets up his guillotine lock. From here he has the options to finish while standing up, or fall back to a closed or half guard to finish.

Inside the University 588 - Avoid Staying on Your Back

Inside the University 588 - Avoid Staying on Your Back

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A major detail when looking to choke from the closed guard is to avoid staying on your back. Whether your opponent lays on top of you or tries to keep his posture, it is key to escape your hips out to the side when going for the submission. Also, bring your elbow to you when choking rather than opening them out wide.