Why Daniel Beleza ’s Triangle From Double Under Variation Is A Must Learn

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Triangle From Double Under Variation ByDaniel Beleza

This is one of the trickiest ways to finish your opponent via a triangle choke. In general, double unders position is more used in BJJ than MMA because the fighter on the top can use belt or gi to deliver extra pressure on the man… Click To Tweet

Daniel Beleza has made a system of using taking advantage of this position. The kind of extra pressure produced by your opponent won’t help help him in this dominant position using Daniel Beleza system. It actually gives the defending guy a chance to secure the submission easily. 

We have already described how should triangle armbar from the double unders look. Yet, this technique is pretty much non-applicable in MMA since the fighter has no collar and lapel. 

Controlling opponent’s hands or arms, especially when both of you are sweaty and tired, might easily turn into a mission impossible. If the opponent makes even the slightest move, he might break free. 

Yet, when both fighters wear a gi, it is ten times easier to finish the submission. Let’s start!

Starting Position

Lay on your back, keeping your legs wide. The opponent holds your belt on the lateral sides, and his head stands above your groins.

Note: You can’t apply this submission if the opponent’s elbows are on the inner side of your thighs. So make sure his hands go around your hip bones. 

Triangle From Double Under Variation – Detailed Tutorial By Daniel Beleza

Step 1. Daniel Beleza begins by moving backwards keeping his legs wide from the botto position. When there is enough space, grab the opponent’s left collar with your right hand.  

Note: When you sprawl backward, the opponent is forced to decrease the strength of his grip. Yet, don’t go too much away because your right hand needs to remain slightly flexed for better collar control. If you are too far, it would be better to try triangle armbar from double unders

Optionally, if you think you are too far, get close to your opponent by sprawling forward. 

Step 2. Keeping your right hand on the opponent’s gi, move your glutes and hips slightly to the left and perform a sit-up. 

Note: Daniel Beleza makes it a point to now that It is very important not to release your right arm, or the opponent will easily move to the left and evade the submission attempt. 

Step 3. Daniel Beleza proceeds by putting his left hand behind the opponent’s right triceps, pushing his left leg.  

Now grab his gi with your left hand (the same part you were holding with your right hand, literally switch arms), and use your left arm to rotate the opponent clockwise.

Note: An important detail Daniel Beleza illistrates is This doesn’t mean on the triceps, but BEHIND THE TRICEPS. You need to trap his arm so you can pull it towards yourself later. If your grip is not strong enough, you are making yourself a big problem. When you grab opponent’s gi from the lateral side, he might break free easily. Wrapping disables the ability to move left or right which leads to better control. 

Step 4. Release your right hand of the opponent’s collar, as your left hand controls it. 

Step 5. Now put your right arm at the opponent’s right elbow. Pull his right arm towards yourself and lock your ankles around his ribs. Put your right leg over your left leg to increase the strength of your grip. 

Note: Daniel Beleza illustrates that it is very important to relocate your right arm from the right collar to an opponent’s right elbow as soon as your left hand initiates a contact with his collar. Do this as quickly as possible or the opponent might use this moment to slip away. 

When you trap his right arm, extend it. If it remains flexed, a dirty opponent might deliver an elbow to your face, or push it to your neck. It could stop the blood flow to your brain. You’ll end up releasing the submission and protecting yourself from an illegal choke attempt. 

Step 6. Put your legs on the opponent’s belt and press as hard as you can towards the ground. Your opponent will have no chances of escaping now.

Note: Another detail expressed by Daniel Beleza is Pressing down and towards your head will add extra pressure to the opponent’s spine. 

Step 7. Put your left hand to the middle part of your right shin, and slightly push your left leg towards the opponent’s sacral bone (sacrum). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacrum

Step 8. Push opponent’s right thigh with your left foot to create more space. Reposition your right shin by putting it on the upper part of the opponent’s traps. You must put it exactly behind his head, but please do not go too high or too low.

Note: If you go too low, the opponent might get up and slam you in the case he is stronger than you. When you wrap the leg too high, the other competitor might lift his shoulders up and protect his neck. You will never finish the submission! 

So the best option is to set your right leg exactly behind the opponent’s neck. Remember, your goal is to stop the blood flow to his brain. Press his neck from behind as hard as possible.

Step 9. Place your right hand at the back of the opponent’s head. The most effective solution is to put it on his cerebellum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebellum ) if possible. Lock your legs by putting your left leg over the lower third of right shin.

Note: If you place your left leg on the middle of your right shin, the grip won’t be super strong. Never try to lock over your right foot because it won’t stand still, and you’ll never finish the submission. 

Step 10. Daniel Beleza ends the sequence by squeezing his opponent nice and tight towards the bottom. If you did everything well, the opponent will have no choice but to tap out.

Note: Daniel Beleza notes that sometimes the opponent is too strong. But even if you wrestle Hulk, there is a magical solution! You can put both arms on the back side of his head, and lift your hips up to maximize the pressure on his neck. 

Rotating opponent’s head counterclockwise with your right hand will force even the strongest guy on Earth to tap out!

Try this technique out with your drilling partner. Let us know your comments below!

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