Finishing the Arm Triangle
Before I get flamed I intend to ask this at class monday as well, but I didn't have a chance yesterday because it came up at the very end of class and I had to leave.
Twice while rolling yesterday I either was in an arm triangle or had someone else in one and neither of us could finish it. I had an arm triangle from mount on a guy and was squeezing for all I was worth, even tried rolling to the side to try to get a tighter grip and I couldn't get it to work, I eventually just gave it up and did something else.
Guy caught me in an arm triangle from half guard and then used that to get to side control with the armtriangle, it never felt like I was in any danger of blacking out, or even close, and I could tell he was trying to finish it pretty hard.
What kind of tips for finishing the arm triangle can some folks offer? is side control more effective than mount for it? Vice versa? Anything like that would be appreciated. I figure this is probably something a lot of N00Bs would like to get tips on.