The cryangle choke has been years in the making for me. I’m a tall, thin guy so for me, triangles were a very natural development in my game. I used to always joke that I “only see triangles”. Of course nowadays I try to be open to every submission and every reality. But when I was developing my triangle game I was always intently in search of a triangle (regardless of the position I was in). As a natural “tinkerer” I always wondered and played with the idea of instead of the arm, what if I used the leg inside of the triangle? Then eventually I even included the arm along with the legs, as my long legs and flexibility afforded me the opportunity to include them all! I love this submission because it offers several attacks: a choke, a leg-lock and an arm-bar – all simultaneously. Thus the name, the “cryangle choke” an obvious riff on the triangle choke – except this one will make your partner cry!
Check out BJJ brown belt Jeremy Hastings hitting a cryangle in competition recently in the Fight 2 Win Pro-18 event in Colorado.