Fundamental Triangle Finish

  • Hero has Opp in basic triangle entry
  • Hero R Leg (UH) Opp L arm; Hero R Leg -> Opp R Back
  • Hero L Leg (OH – overhook) Opp R Arm/Shoulder
  • Hero L Ankle -> Back of Hero R Ankle
  1. Hero lifts Hips up (Bridges)
  2. Hero L Arm/Hand -> Opp L Elbow
  3. Hero pull Opp L arm -> L
  4. Hero R Hand -> Back of Opp Head on L Side
    • This helps to continually break Opp Posture
  5. Hero L Hand switches with Hero R Hand; Hero L Hand -> Opp R Back of Head
  6. Hero R Hand -> Hero L Shin
  7. Hero R Foot -> Opp L Hip
    • this helps pivot Hero -> L
  8. Hero R Foot drops -> Ground R
    • this creates even more angle for Hero
  9. Hero L Hand -> Opp R Inner Thigh
    • this again helps with the rotation
  10. Hero turns L -> 90 degrees
    • this sometimes creates a gap at Opp neck and with Hero L Leg
  11. In order to get rid of this gap Hero L Leg straightens and then Hero pushes L Leg deeper -> Opp R Neck and finally reclamps
  12. Hero R Leg/Back of Knee -> Hero L Shin/Ankle
  13. Hero flexes both feet up; Brings Heels -> butt and lifts hips to finish triangle
  14. Also Hero squeezes R and L Knees together

Stephen Kesting is a good friend of mine and I own a bunch of his DVDs and Apps. The following video has a detailed explanation of the fundamental triangle choke sequence. While I have never met Elliot I think he is also an excellent instructor. There is a wealth of info in their spider guard series.

Elliott Bayev and Stephan Kesting teach you how to tighten your triangle choke. From ‘Spider Guard Masterclass’, available on DVD –


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