Whether it’s in MMA or BJJ, the figure 4 body triangle is an exceptional way to control an opponent from the back. Being stuck in this method of control is extremely grueling and taxing on one’s energy reserve and can lend itself to be the beginning of the end if not escaped.
It is a common misconception that the locked figure 4 body triangle is a virtually unescapable position, or that one must get the figure 4 on the ground to allow escape. This is indeed incorrect. Escaping the actual body triangle is relatively easy. Of course, the more efficient the attacker’s back control and legwork methods are, one might find himself/herself in several other dangerous situations. However, with this simple counter of the triangle itself one will at least be on their way to a successful defensive campaign.