Glossary of Judo waza (techniques) terms

Sankaku-jime (Triangular strangle)

Sankaku-jime (Triangular strangle)


This Shime waza (strangling techniques) is performed by crossing both legs.

Features of this Waza

In the Sankaku-jime (Triangular strangle) Waza, Tori (Player executing technique) uses both legs to strangle Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) and to trap one of his arms.

Waza details

This is an adaptable Waza with many variations, and it can be applied from above or below, etc., depending on the body postures of the combatants.
As its name implies, the posture of both legs forms a triangle when applying this Waza.
One way to employ this Waza is to pull the opponent toward you after performing a Sutemi waza (Sacrifice techniques). To apply this Waza from a supine position, Tori (Player executing technique) uses both legs to lock Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) neck and shoulder. In this posture, both Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) head and one arm are scissored between Tori (Player executing technique) thighs.
Tori (Player executing technique) then grasps Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) sleeve or collar and firmly applies a strangle. Tori (Player executing technique) must use care at this time to avoid strangling only the neck, as this is both hazardous and rules violation. A woman combatant may perform this Waza by using both legs to scissor the opponent's neck and shoulder, and then apply the strangle while using her flexibility to twist her body and capture one of the opponent's legs.
When the Sankaku-jime (Triangular strangle) Waza itself proves insufficient in actual competition, a combatant will frequently transition to the Kuzure-kami-shiho-gatame (Modified top four-corner hold) Waza by pulling the opponent down to cover Uke (Player receiving opponent's attack) upper body with Tori (Player executing technique) torso while maintaining the triangular strangling posture.