What is your favorite triangle choke escape? There is more than one efficient escape available out there. However, ti is timing them that makes them work or fail, rather than anything else. Check out how Rener & Ryron Gracie like to escape. 

Triangle Choke Hell

The triangle can be hell if you get caught in it. It is one of the staple moves of BJJ and a true symbol of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. The triangle choke works as a blood choke, constricting blood flow to the carotid arteries of the neck. One side is pressured by your own thing, while on the other, you use the other leg to jam the opponent’s shoulder into their artery. Quite the hellish position to be in. 

Just because the triangle choke is such a fundamental part of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu it’s rather worthwhile to invest in triangle choke escape options. You’ve probably covered the basic preemptive defense of not letting your arm and neck get stuck between your partner’s or opponent’s legs. 

However, there comes or will come a time when you will get caught. It’s inevitable. When that time happens you’ll need to have solutions, and you need to have them for different stages of a triangle. That doesn’t mean you need a different triangle choke escape for each stage, you just need to be aware of how you can modify the same one.  

Below, we’ve got Mr. Rener and Rorion with a live Q&A video on one of the most mechanically effective triangle escapes there is. 

Triangle Choke Escape

This Rener & Ryron Gracie triangle choke escape is about escaping the diamond position. It is the position you end up in after entering into a triangle from, well, anywhere, but before you actually get the full triangle coke mechanics on. The diamond position offered lots of control and can be difficult to break out of. 

While you’ve probably been taught to try and retain posture in a triangle choke escape, the Gracie brothers demonstrate that this is not always the case. The thing they focus on in this video is keeping the trapped arm from getting dragged across the body. This is the first key move that makes this triangle choke escape possible. 

The first thing to get is a hip frame, which is what you need the arm for. Your goal is placing the arm on the outside of the opponent’s hip. An important thing here is keeping the elbow on the ground to accentuate the frame. 

Your next stop is getting your knees and hips back, creating space for your other arm to sneak in and grab the pelvis right under the hip frame grip. This allows you to let go of the hip frame, and use that arm to hug the opponent’s knee, going around it from the outside. get your head to the ground and, as far as this triangle choke escape goes, you’re already safe from getting choked. 

The final piece of the puzzle is getting out of the position. To do that, you need to keep your posture broken, something the Gracie brothers do all throughout this triangle choke escape. Since you have control over one of the opponent’s legs, you can create space to sneak your head out. For that. you’ll need to shift your weight to the side opposite of the leg, so you can sneak your hip grip arm in and place it on your head.

Just go out the back door from there. 

Timing Your Escapes

Why is this triangle choke so effective, despite breaking the “rule” of never giving up your posture when in the guard or a triangle choke? The answer is simple -this is an early escape. 

Let me present to you the concept of escapes in BJJ. On one end of the spectrum, you have early escapes, those that you turn to before a position or submission is truly established and controlled. The diamond position is a great example, since there’ no triangle choke available yet, but the opponent has a fair amount of control over you. 

The other end of the spectrum is all about late escapes, those that happen right before you tap. This would be an escape you do when your opponent has the triangle choke deep and is already pulling on your head to finish

The early and late escapes are those that high-level grapplers use to escape, as they are the most effective possible options. Most people in BJJ try to escape somewhere in the middle, which just so happens to be the most difficult ti to defend and escape. 

Instead, going for an early or very late escape really increases your chances of getting out. The difference between the two si that the early escapes, like this triangle choke escape, carry far fewer risks than escaping very, very late. Sure, people can abandon the triangle and perhaps try and sweep or go for the back, but you have easy solutions for those as well.