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Triangle choke

Triangle choke
The triangle choke applied at an early judo tournament.
Classification Chokehold
Parent style Judo
AKA Sankaku-Jime
Parent hold Guard (grappling)

A triangle choke, or sankaku-jime (三角絞) in Judo, is a type of figure-four chokehold which strangles the opponent by encircling the opponent's neck and one arm with the legs in a configuration similar to the shape of a triangle. The technique is a type of lateral vascular restraint that constricts the blood flow from the carotid arteries to the brain.


  • Technique history 1
  • Technique 2
    • Defensive Action 2.1
  • In popular media 3
  • Further reading 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Technique history

The triangle choke was seen in early

  • Triangle Choke Instructional Videos

External links

  1. ^ Historical Kosen judo photograph.
  2. ^ Toshikazu Okada. Master Tsunetane Oda
  3. ^ Tsunetane Oda - judo ne-waza 3 of 3
  4. ^ "2009 World MMA Awards live coverage". MMAjunkie. 
  5. ^ Nassar, Sam (2010-07-04). """UFC 116 Results: Chris Lytle Humanizes "The Immortal. 
  6. ^ "Season 7 lightweight tourney kicks off at Bellator 77 with Clementi vs. Sarnavskiy". August 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Emanuel Newton vs. Joey Beltran title fight headlines Bellator 124". 5 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Bellator MMA Best Moments: Top Submissions of 2014
  9. ^ Rorion Gracie at the Internet Movie Database


See also

  • The Triangle by Rigan Machado with David Meyer (2004) ISBN 0-9754768-0-7

Further reading

In the film Lethal Weapon, Mel Gibson's character Martin Riggs uses the triangle choke on a villain Mr. Joshua played by actor Gary Busey. Rorion Gracie is credited as the film’s special technical advisor: Brazilian jiu-jitsu.[9] In the film Abduction, Taylor Lautner's character uses the triangle choke on an antagonist. In the film Haywire, Gina Carano's character uses the triangle choke on Michael Fassbender's character. During a school fight in the anime Ikki Tousen, the character Ryomou Shimei uses the triangle choke on another character, Hakufu. In the 2013 film Oblivion, Tom Cruise's character (Tech 49, Jack Harper) subdues Tech 52 with a triangle choke, to avoid injuring him. Paul Walker, who was a practitioner of Brazilian Ju Jitsu, attempted to triangle Vin Diesel's character in the Fast and Furious series. In episode 5 of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series, a pit fighter named 'Bloodsong' uses this technique while on supine position to choke Asher, one of the 5 playable protagonists in the game.

In popular media

To escape a triangle choke, the defending practitioner must first elevate the head so as the preclude the full force of the submission, subsequently the practitioner must bring his arm away from opposition with his own carotid artery. Once out of immediate danger of loss of consciousness, the practitioner can concentrate reversing or escaping the figure-four lock. In a non-sport setting in which the party being choked faces the actual threat of death or serious bodily harm, especially from a male assailant, and no rules restrict the range of permissible maneuvers, the choked party may attempt to bite the genitalia of the party applying the choke.

Defensive Action

Soldiers demonstrating a triangle choke

Tactically speaking, the triangle choke is a very effective counterattack employed from the bottom position, generally applied from the guard, or open guard (defensive positions). The choke can also be applied in the mount, side mount and back mount positions by more advanced grappling practitioners. The need for isolation of one arm could be a rationale for the frequency with which it is attempted in mixed martial arts and combat sports due to the brief vulnerability of one arm while executing hand strikes against an opponent in one of the aforementioned positions.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt Marcos Torregrosa landing a flying triangle choke.


on 26 June 2010, thus ending Emelianenko's 28 unbeaten fight streak. Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum at Fedor Emelianenko to defeat Fabricio Werdum It was the first time an inverted triangle was attempted in Bellator MMA, also used by [8]He won the fight via inverted triangle choke in the first round. [7]on 12 September 2014. Bellator 124 in the finals at Kelly Anundson McGeary faced[6]

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