Garry starts in a bad spot, his opponent has a triangle locked up, so the first thing Garry does is posture up, but that’s not enough. As he postures up Garry drops his knees beneath his opponent so he can’t crunch him back down.
Triangle Escape With Leg Lock Finish
Nobody likes being in a triangle, but you can definitely make some sweet tasting lemonade from lemons with two options for a leg lock finish from being stuck in the triangle. The first is a heel hook that’s not legal in many tournaments, so check the rules. The other is more compliant for the rest of us.
From here Garry might be able to get out of it, but if it’s really tight he needs more posture. He places both hands on his opponent’s chest to help bring himself to his feet.
Once on his feet, he chooses a side. Garry likes his right side so he steps his right foot over his opponent’s body then drops his butt down to the mat.
Quickly, he fights to also bring his left leg over, which he then crosses over his opponent’s torso. As soon as he has both legs crossed, he postures back using his entire body to break the triangle using his hands as well.
From here there are a ton of leg locks that present themselves. When legal (check tournament rules), Garry likes the heel hook.
A. He overhooks the target leg while pushing the other one away.
B. Garry pivots to the side of the target leg, while threading his left leg through his opponent’s legs creating a figure 4.
C. He turns his body to the heel, bending his left arm to hook the heel. Then he finishes twisting his body away to bring his opponent’s heel upward and to the right.
For a more legal finish, Garry’s chosen a straight ankle lock that can be done at most competitions, all the way down to white belts and beginners.
A. Garry picks the right ankle to attack and gets an overhook with his left arm holding it tight between his arm and body up near the armpit.
B. He then pushes the left leg away and brings his right knee up between his opponent’s legs to isolate the target leg.
C. Next, he rolls to his left to get to a belly down position with the leg and ankle in tow.
D. Garry adjusts the hold so that the top of his opponent’s right foot is up against Garry’s left triceps and he bridges into the target leg with his right hand on the mat.