I did this wrong for so long. Finishing mechanics of the triangle
Who is Lachlan Giles? He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation. Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.
Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti. Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.
Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!
Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017. He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5. He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.
In this video Lachlan Giles explore finishing mechanics for the triangle. He begins the video by stating that he has done the triangle wrong for most of his Jiu Jitsu career. If that does not peak your interest in this video, nothing will. The first key detail that Lachlan notes is that it is important to get a deep bit on the carotid artery with your near side leg. Giles states that it is a commons mistake when moving our hips to the side that we also push our training partner or opponent’s head away. When we push their head away we lose the deep bite on the artery. Giles sits to one hip instead of the traditional turn so that his bite on his training partner’s artery is not diminished. The second key detail is the alignment of our shins. It is important for our shins to face the same direction. Often times with the triangle our shins cross each other like an x. To finish the triangle he crosses his legs on the shins and not the crook of the knee. This keeps the shins aligned in the correct direction. While this seems to violate Jiu Jitsu 101, Giles clearly explains why this methodology is superior. The third detail that Lachlan explores is that the finish is done with a push pull. How many times have we heard to squeeze our legs together for the finish? Certainly you can choke someone with the squeeze. However a push pull is a cleaner choke. The fourth detail that Lachlan discusses is to secure the triangle past our opponent’s shoulder. This is particularly applicable for broader shoulder opponents or shorter legged grapplers. Being at a ninety degree angle to our opponent should facilitate this movement. Well done Lachlan. These details are a valuable addition to almost anyone’s game.
This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers. Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.
Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!