Standing Arm Triangle and Clinch-Punching


The sixth lesson in CCMA’s course on Mixed Martial Arts for martial arts cross-training reviewed much of the previous material and then focused on various overlapping principles.

After going through freestyle combinations, transitional drills and all ranges off the wall, we looked at the standing arm-triangle. This began with timing exercises in order to execute the move. It allowed for a principle of closing the distance in order to clinch and control limbs. This moved onto clinching in the standing arm-triangle into striking combinations, a takedown and submission. We then looked at using the position to take the back into the seatbelt hold, standing rear naked choke or waistlock takedown or belly-to-back suplex. We then looked countering the standing arm-triangle into a shoulder clinch and knee strikes.

The lesson looked more at striking within clinch range. Knee strikes are obviously very useful at this range, as the arms are usually tied up and they are the right length. However, hand strikes are not out of the picture. Many good boxers have learnt to use in-fight punching very effectively. Even with the arms seemingly trapped a good fighter can play with momentum and allow close range punches to cause a lot of damage to the body and head, both of which don’t tend to be well protected whilst in the midst of a clinch.