Why Daniel Beleza’s Triangle Armbar From Double Unders Are High Percentage


Triangle Armbar From Double Unders by Daniel Beleza

Double unders are a perilous position for the attacker. It looks like they could deliver a brutal barrage of ground and pound strikes and finish the fight easily. Yet, BJJ fighters are specialists for defending of their back.

If you are a diehard fan of MMA, then you know the most of Minotauro Noguiera’s and Royce Gracie’s victories came when they were “defending off their back”. The greatest advantage of BJJ is actually turning a full guard, and even double unders into one of the best positions to submit your opponent and win the match. 

Triangle armbar is very rarely used in the competitions because you need the greatest level of expertise and a perfect moment to apply it. Yet, take a look at the UFC 117 match between Chael Sonnen and Anderson Silva. 

“The American Gangsta” was controlling the match during the first four rounds, and even took “Spider” down in the fifth. But Anderson ended the match via superb triangle armbar only a few minutes before the end of the match. So yes, ladies and gentlemen, this technique is highly applicable in no-gi competitions! I mean, in MMA, you are not allowed to hold the opponent’s shorts, but take a look at the position of Sonnen’s arms!

In the street fight, triangle armbar from double unders is a superb way to humiliate a bully who believes getting on the top of you secures an endless rain of punches!

Daniel Beleza instructional video

Triangle Arm Bar From Double Unders by Daniel Beleza– Starting Position

As demonstrated by Daniel, Lay on your back, keeping your legs in the air. Opponent holds your belt as shown in the video above, with his head between your legs. 

Note: This submission is not possible if the opponent puts his elbows to the inner part of your thighs. Remember, his hands must remain on the lateral side of your hips.  

Proper Technique Demonstrated by Daniel Beleza

Step 1. Create some space by moving backward. Open your legs as much as possible. 

Note: Sprawling backward forces your opponent to extend his arms. It will decrease the strength of his grip too. 

Step 2. Lift your body up and grab opponent’s right elbow with your left hand from the inside. At the same time, move your body to the left side.

Note: If your body doesn’t follow up, the opponent might easily defend your submission attempt. He only needs to move his body towards you and flex his arm. 

Step 3. Push your right arm next to the opponent’s triceps and grab your left hand below. Grab your lateral part of your right wrist with your left hand to increase the grip strength. 

Note: If everything was done properly, the opponent wouldn’t have chances of escaping. Optionally, you can only grab your right hand with your left hand but this kind of grip is a bit riskier.    

Step 4. Put your left leg on opponent’s back, bringing his elbow towards your neck and lay on the ground again. Extend his arm. 

Note: Please perform this movement swiftly otherwise the opponent might rotate and save his hand from the submission. 

Step 5. Put your right leg under your left leg on the opponent’s back and wrap your limbs up locking your ankles to secure a strong grip. Press down towards the opponent’s spine.

Step 6. To lock a tight triangle, move your right leg to the left. It will enable an extra amount of pressure to the opponent’s neck. 

Note: Your right leg needs to remain flexed. If you extend it, you won’t be able to press his neck hard enough. 

Step 7. Finally, Daniel Beleza put his hands in the level of the opponent’s elbow and rotate his elbow clockwise. After he moves it a few inches, his opponent is forced to surrender. 

The Opponent Saved His Right Arm – What Next?

It can happen if your neck didn’t remain next to his right arm. The opponent should only rotate his right arm counterclockwise and flex it. His hand will end up free, in the level of your chest. 

It also means you won’t be able to hold him with your left hand anymore. But the game is far from over. In BJJ, there is a magical submission switch option. You can end the fight via triangle choke. Here is how it looks (by the way, this submission is very often used in MMA and no gi competitions).

Note: Your right arm must remain on an opponent’s right elbow. Otherwise, his arm won’t be trapped anymore and you’ll be forced to test your luck with some different submission. 

Lets See How Daniel Beleza Explains The Solutions For This Event!

Step 1. Lift your body slightly up grabbing your right shin with your left hand. 

Note: Do not grab your knee or foot because the opponent might break free, target the middle of your shin. If the opponent is too close, you can always sprawl backward or hit his right thigh with your left foot. This move will keep him off balance, and you will get one second to complete the submission attempt. 

Step 2. Pull your right leg on the opponent’s right trapezius muscle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapezius ). 

Note: Make sure your right calf sits comfortably on the middle part of the opponent’s traps or he’ll be able to move and defend your submission attempt. 

Step 3. Cross your limbs by putting your left leg on the lower third of your right shin. Press towards the ground as hard as you can slightly lifting your hips off the ground. 

Note: It is very important to press properly to finish the triangle choke. If the opponent is too strong, place your hands on his cerebellum (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerebellum ) to press his head and neck even harder. He is a superman if he doesn’t tap out after that!

Do not put your right leg too close to the opponent’s neck or he can lift his shoulders up. If your right leg is on the middle of his back, he can slam you or even deliver a punch or elbow (MMA), which means the submission attempt won’t be successful. 

Give this move a try next time you are on the mats and share your results with us!

Daniel Beleza
Published in Arm Bar, BJJ Blog, double under, triangle
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