Every entry into the triangle choke is ALSO a way to get into the omoplata armlock.
Now it’s true that the two techniques look very different when they’re finished: in the triangle choke you wrap your legs around your opponent’s neck and one of his arms, and in the omoplata you’re essentially performing a Kimura armlock on his arm using your legs.
But for both submissions you have to separate one of his arms from his body, and then feed one of your legs deep under that armpit.
And that one detail connects these two submissions like the jab is connected to the cross in boxing.
So regardless of whether you’re setting up the triangle choke from spider guard in the gi, from the overhook in closed guard, or from 2 on 1 control in gi or no gi, or any other triangle choke entry, then long as you’re talking about the standard triangle choke from guard (mae sankaku jime) then those same exact moves can be used to set up the omoplata as well.
You’re essentially getting twice as much bang for your buck: learn one setup and use it to get into two very different techniques!
I made a video about this interchangeability of submissions with tons of details that explains this for you in more detail…
Watch ‘Every Triangle Choke is Also an Omoplata’ below!
Hope you found this idea useful,
P.S. This concept applies for all body types, but is especially useful when you’re having problems finishing your triangle choke because of your short legs and/or you’re dealing with a huge no-neck opponent who’s traps come directly up to his earlobes.
P.P.S. Not only can you use the same entries for both techniques, you can also use one as a followup for the other. For example, here’s how to switch from a failed triangle choke into an omoplata.
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