Or learning BJJ to suit your body. So I have been on a quest lately to finally figure out the triangle. I have been submission grappling (in one form or another) for a long time. One technique which I have never been able to really pull off is a the triangle from guard. I can do an inverted one from top side (ala Aesopian's side control video) but I can barely even pull off triangle from guard when drilling them. I know that my body type makes them difficult for me. I am 5'8 with thick legs and a 29" inseam (to put that in perspective, my shirt sleeve is 29 1/2 "). But I have always thought I must be missing something, some technical detail that is missing that will allow me to make them work. I have looked at as many sources online as I can find, I have Ryan Hall's Triangle DVDs, Maia triangle DVD, I have tried to do it like my instructor, nothing has worked. So last night, before we got started, My coach asked us if we had anything we wanted to work on, as he put it anything we sucked at . I asked him about triangles. Our conversation went something like this. Me: I suck at triangels Coach: because you have the legs of a 4'7" person me: pretty much. Coach: Don't do triangles. me: Is it really as simple as that? Coach: Yeah, some people just aren't built to do triangles especially in you weight class with guys being so big (I am about 190ish). Then he started to address the class.. Coach: This is a great question because you need to start to develop a game that works for you. I am right on the cusp of being able to do triangles at my weight because guys are big in the shoulders and it can be too hard to lock it in. You won't see Marcelo doing a lot of triangle because it doesn't fit his body type. (to me agains) Spider guard would be bad for you too for the same reason. Build a game that suits your body rather than trying to fit it into some mold. Some guys just won't be very good at triangles. This is sort of like the conversation we have on the forums every time RG gets brought up. You need to very flexible to make it work so if you are not, then use something else. It can be the same thing for more fundamental things like triangles. I will still drill them in class, because I feel that I should know how to do them even if they don't work for me. That is the knowledge side, in case I ever end up teaching BJJ. But it was a great thing to hear my coach tell me something I had been feeling for awhile, that triangles just aren't for me.