Triangle choke - Sankaku jime - from the guard

By Yossi Sheriff
Attack from guard
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Triangle choke - Sankaku jime - from the guard, is choke that is a part of the syllabus of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Budo Ninjutsu. This choke hold is very powerful since it is assisted by the legs. The sankaku choke hold is deadly as it is both a blood and an air choke hold.

Description of Triangle choke

The basic triangle choke relies on inserting the opponent's neck inside a triangle formed by two legs and the opponents arm.

Here is a basic set up from the closed guard.

  1. The setup - opening the guard:
    1. Obtain a strong double sleeve hold.
    2. Post your left leg on his hip and turn the whole body on its right side.
    3. Using the left leg as a base, pull right leg to opponents hip while keeping his left hand outside your right leg.
    4. Post right leg on his hip and turn the whole body on its left side.
    5. Using the right leg as a base, pull left leg.
  2. The triangle attack:
    1. Using the right leg on his hip as base raise your hip and lunge left leg upward to his neck while pulling him downwards with your double sleeve hold.
    2. Your hip should raise until it hits your opponents chest, at that stage using the right leg a base push your body slight diagonally and push his left hand with your right hand across his body.
    3. Apply downward pressure using back of your left leg on his neck, make sure your left leg is perpendicular to his body, you body is slight diagonal, your hands pull him down and your hip is close to his upper chest.
    4. During the downward movement your right knee hooks your left foot to complete a figure four with the legs.
    5. You can raise the hips again to clear his left arm so that it is fully across his body.
    6. Position both hands behind his head, tighten both knees together and raise hips to complete the choke.

Videos of Triangle choke from guard

video of Basic Triangle choke from guard

Video of Triangle choke variation against resistance

Video of Triangle choke variation from guard, against resistance

Video of Triangle choke, Sankaku jime, from the guard

Description of No Gi, double wrist control setup of Triangle choke

Here is another "triangle from the guard" setup which is particularly useful in no Gi settings. (with a Gi, your opponent's basic best practice is always to maintain some grip on your Gi)

  1. The setup:
    1. Hold your opponent in closed guard using double wrist control.
    2. Apply upward pressure on his arms as if you wish to lift his body though his arms.
  2. The triangle attack:
    1. The right timing to attack is when the opponent puts downward weight on his hands - then quickly collapse his body by pushing his left hand in between his legs and pulling his right hand towards your right ear.
    2. In the same time fire your right leg, the right leg hits his neck in a downward pressure and your left hand immediately locks your right leg perpendicular to his body. Your goal is to apply as much downward pressure on the neck.
    3. By pushing your right left leg on his hip, adjust your hips diagonally and fire the left leg to replace your left hand and lock the figure four. Another more dynamic variation is to immediately form the figure four by hooking the back of your left knee on your right foot in the same movement that fires your right leg.
    4. Move his right hand fully across his body by puling his hand with your right hand if necessary.
    5. Position both hands behind his head, tighten both knees together and raise hips to complete the choke.

Video of no Gi Triangle choke variation

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This technique is part of Budo Ninjutsu Grade requirements syllabus Yellow belt grade requirements, Orange belt grade requirements, Green belt grade requirements and of Black Belt grade requirements

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