Arm Triangle Details with Seph Smith of 50/50 BJJ

Seph Smith is Ryan Hall’s first black belt and one of the head instructors at 50/50 BJJ in Northern Virginia. Check out Seph’s awesome details on how to make your arm triangles more efficient.


  • Luke Thomas

    Reply Reply December 12, 2014

    Fantastic breakdown!

  • jahjj79

    Reply Reply December 14, 2014

    Ur the man seph!!!

  • TY718

    Reply Reply December 15, 2014

    Thanks for the details.

  • aziz comi

    Reply Reply December 30, 2014


  • Jeff Robinson

    Reply Reply January 23, 2015

    Awesome!  Thank you Seph!!!

  • haroon ahmed

    Reply Reply May 2, 2015

    Since the third line is your own chest, what role (and position) does opponents held arm take? Does it have to be tight against the own neck, or it doesnt matter, or is only the shoulder important?

    • haroon ahmed

      Reply Reply May 2, 2015

      +WhtMike2006 Thank you. You, like all BJJ community, are wonderful.

    • Andre

      Reply Reply May 2, 2015

      +haroon ahmed Shoulder is the key. Check out Ryan Hall’s arm triangles dvd if you can. He and Seph Smith (guy in this video) cover this choke, the darce/brabo (nogi and gi), the arm-in ezekiel (gi and nogi), and anacondas, extensively. It’s all about getting their shoulder to rotate into the side of their neck. The arm across doesn’t matter at all. They show how to mow right through the “answering the phone” defense, framing to defend the darce, etc. You could cut someone’s arm off two inches below the shoulder and you’d have more than enough to work with to be able to hit all kinds of arm triangles on them.

  • P12ooF

    Reply Reply June 28, 2016

    ezekiel at the end there?

  • respeezy

    Reply Reply July 22, 2016

    Question, lately people have been creating space by walking / turning scooting little into/towards me as i try to finish and this turns into a long cat and mouse game. It sort of nullifies the turning into them with your chest. Anyone”?

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