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Perform an Arm Triangle From Side Control

Updated on September 2, 2020
Martial arts
Martial arts

Jiu-jitsu is a type of martial art that involves a lot of grappling, chokes and locks. There are many different techniques and moves in jiu-jitsu and each of them serves their own purpose. Doing this martial art requires sufficient knowledge and training. An arm triangle from side control is one technique that allows the fighter to grapple his opponent to the ground and lock him in place and possibly choke him to submission. This technique is extremely dangerous and should never be done by anyone who does not do martial arts. Bodily injuries may happen if done without the supervision of a professional. Follow these steps to perform this jiu-jitsu technique.

  • Determine your dominant side. Side control is a ground grappling position, so when you have grappled your opponent to the ground and you are on top, position yourself on your dominant side. If you are right handed, your dominant side is the right side as your right arm is stronger than the left. Grappling your opponent to the ground may take a few strong movements, so you have to establish a strong standing position so he does not take you down. Make sure that your legs are wide apart to avoid falling down easily.
  • Grapple your opponent’s arm. When you have established side control, lock the arm nearest your dominant side and position your body as close to him as possible so your opponent does not get a chance to escape your hold. When your hold is loose and there is too much space between your bodies, there is a big chance of him taking control over you.
  • Place your dominant arm under the opponent’s head. Your elbow must be at the base of his skull as you slide your arm under his head and down his upper back. Your hand must now be near his armpit.
  • Lock your choke with your free arm. As you slide your arm under your opponent’s head, position your free arm under his armpit, near your other arm. Lock your arms by holding your dominant hand to your free arm’s biceps. This forms the arm triangle. Your head must be placed at the side of your opponent’s head. Your shoulder must be on his neck. This will choke him if you tighten your arm triangle.
  • Tighten your hold. Once you have joined your hand and arm, hold the position as long as you can to make your opponent submit to your hold. Do not forget to position your legs and knees as close to your opponent’s body as possible. They help in locking him in position.

When doing martial arts, it is very important to do some stretching and warming up first so you do not tear any ligaments. Doing this also prepares the muscles for some vigorous movements. If you are an amateur martial artist, perform under the close eye of a professional trainer so you can be supervised on the right thing to do. In martial arts, injuries cannot be avoided. When an injury occurs, get medical attention at once.


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