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Applying downward pressure on Beach's back with my right leg to prevent him from posturing up, I begin to swing my left leg around his head. As my left leg travels in a counterclockwise direction, it forces Beach's right elbow toward the center of my chest, which will allow me to work for the arm bar. It is important to notice that I'm maintaining outward pressure on Beach's head with my left hand to throw off his base and give me the angle I need to swing my leg around his head.

As I continue to maneuver my left leg around to the front of Beach's head to secure the arm bar, he counters by ripping his arm out from between my legs. Because I'm pushing his head to my left side, Beach is forced to post his right hand on the mat as soon as he pulls his arm free. This allows me to immediately transition to the triangle.

As Beach plants his riglit hand on the mat to secure his base, I wrap my left leg around the right side of his head. Then I slide my left leg underneath my right knee. To trap Beach's left arm across his neck, I fold my body in tight. This last step is very important for the triangle choke to work. If Beach had managed to get his left arm to the right side of my body, I would have grabbed his wrist with my left hand and pulled his arm underneath his neck.

To finish the triangle, I squeeze my knees together and pull down on Beach's head with both hands.

Mark is in my full guard. He has made the mistake of placing his hands on the mat, and I'm going to capitalize on that mistake by trapping his left hand to the canvas. I start by maneuvering my left arm to the left side of his head.

Bringing my right leg up toward Mark's left shoulder, I sit up and reach out with my right arm.

I reach my right arm around Mark's left arm and the back of my knee, and then I clasp my hands together over his left shoulder. This traps Mark's left arm, and his only real striking option is to punch me with his free hand. However, it is important to mention that I'm really squeezing my left leg into Mark's right side. If you do not manage a tight squeeze, your opponent can use his free hand to push your leg to the ground and pass your guard.

Arm Trap Triangle „

The arm trap is a control position that I've seen both Eddie Bravo and Dean Lister utilize. It's an excellent position because in addition to disrupting your opponent's base, you also lock up one of his arms. Your opponent still has his other g arm to strike with, but because you're pushing his head away from your body, it makes it difficult for him to generate ^ any significant power behind his blows. In the photos below, I secure the arm trap and then quickly lock in a triangle as § my opponent tries to punch with his free hand. q

The instant Mark cocks his right hand back to fire a punch at my face, I capitalize on the newly created space by bringing my left leg underneath his right arm.

Unclasping my hands, I use my left leg to keep Mark's posture broken, and I use my right hand to pull my left foot behind my right knee.

I bring my left arm to the right side of Mark's head.

The instant Mark cocks his right hand back to fire a punch at my face, I capitalize on the newly created space by bringing my left leg underneath his right arm.

I throw my left leg over Mark's right shoulder.

I wrap my left leg around the back of Mark's head.

Unclasping my hands, I use my left leg to keep Mark's posture broken, and I use my right hand to pull my left foot behind my right knee.

I bring my left arm to the right side of Mark's head.

Wrapping my left arm around the back of my left knee, I grip my hands together over the top of my left leg so that my right palm is facing down. To finish the choke, I squeeze my legs tight and pull Mark's head down with my arms.

mistake of placing his hands on the mat.

Beach is in my full guard. Although his arms are locked tight to my side, he has made the

Immediately I take advantage of Beach's hands being on the mat by wrapping my left arm around his right arm, which gives me over-hook control on my left side.

damn good triangle

Immediately I take advantage of Beach's hands being on the mat by wrapping my left arm around his right arm, which gives me over-hook control on my left side.

This technique is exactly what the title implies—a damn good triangle. Once you get your knee in front of your opponent's shoulder and secure an over-hook on the opposite side, there is very little your opponent can do in the way of offense. This allows you to immediately secure the triangle or land some strikes. The bottom line is that you don't end up in this superior position by playing closed guard. It's your job to make things happen, and that can only come about through movement.

mistake of placing his hands on the mat.

Beach is in my full guard. Although his arms are locked tight to my side, he has made the

Opening my gffSFd, I bring my left leg up Beach's back and apply downward pressure to prevent him from posturing up. As I do this, I push his left arm down toward my legs with my right hand and work my right knee in front of his left shoulder.

after I land the elbow, I draw my right fist back.

Having established the Damn Good Guard position by bringing my right knee in front of Beach's left shoulder, I place my right hand on his head and push him away from me.

Beach forces his head back into me, I quickly let go of his head and an elbow. Because he is driving his head toward me, the impact is after I land the elbow, I draw my right fist back.

Beach unable to protect his head, I throw a chopping punch into his

Instead of pulling my right fist back to land another blow, I place my hand on Beach's face and force his head back and to my right. This creates enough space to slide my right leg out from underneath his left arm.

Having established the Damn Good Guard position by bringing my right knee in front of Beach's left shoulder, I place my right hand on his head and push him away from me.

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