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Welcome to the Northern Free Fighters MMA team

THE Northern Free Fighters are members of DFM Martial Arts and fight out of the Fight Academy gym in Tweedmouth, Berwick, Northumberland.

Run by DFM Head Instructor Rob Currah and Liam Holborn, the Northern Free Fighters fight in major MMA and K - 1 tournaments across the UK including DFM's Cage Fight Nights,  Cage Kombat and other fight major events.

The Fight Academy is based in 28 to 34 Main Street, Tweedmouth, Berwick, Northumberland, and teaches MMA, Brazilian Jui-jitsu, Wrestling, K-1 and Kickboxing.

The Northern Free Fighters motto Dux Bellorum translates to "Leader of Battles", as is fitting for one of the top fight teams.

As well as Rob and Liam, the Fight Academy also has two assistant instructors - Dave Brown and Sean Phillips.

The new gym is open Monday (Striking and takedowns), Wednesday (Grappling and Wrestling), Thursday (MMA technical), Friday (MMA stand up, kickboxing and boxing) from 6pm, Tuesdays (Strength and conditioning) at 5.45pm, Saturday (strength and conditioning) and Sunday (Open mat) from 9.30am.

Seminars and private tuition is available on request.

Blending kickboxing, grappling, ju-jutsu, Muay Thai and many other arts, MMA is the fighting concept of the future.

The classes offer an excellent cardio-vascular workout and take students through both the stand up and ground strategies of MMA.

The classes are for those who want to compete in the cage and also those who want to use its exercise programme to get fit.

Lessons are held on matted areas and focus mitts, shields and kick bags are used to develop explosive kicking and punching. Crash mats are used so students can practice shooting in safely.

Club members can participate in any other DFM Martial Arts school.

The school has a coloured belt grading up to black belt and a junior and senior instructor programme.

All syllabuses (Directional Fighting Method, DFM Kickboxing, Kickbox-jutsu and MMA Reivers) follow a coloured belt grading system up to black levels.

The Triangle Choke

By Steve Maclaughlan and Rob Currah

With DFM Reivers MMA Club Head Coach Rob Currah and assistant Dave Brown.

TO practice The Triangle Choke start from a ground guard.

To fully understand any technique the first thing to do is get comfortable with the movements, drilling them over and over again so it becomes instinctive and flows with without unnecessary delay.

The Trangle Choke is technically a strangling technique as it constricts bloods to and from the brain causing unconsciousness and, if applied too long, death.
Always agree before hand to have a signal that you partner will do if it needs to be released immediately.

The traditional 'Tap Out', where you slap the group of your partner more than three times is the best signal as it still tells the defender to release even if he can't see your hand (he will hear or feel it).

(pic one): Start from the closed guard when first learning the Triangle Choke. The closed guard is one of the best positions to try a Triangle Choke because of the control you can exert on the attacker's body as you begin to trap his arms. It is also the most likely ground position you will be in when looking to use a Triangle as a counter.

(Pic Two): Scoot your hips out a bit to create space...

(Pic Three): ...trap his arms and begin to bring the right leg over while pushing his left hand into the gap. This allows you clear the way the leg wrapping around the neck. Note that the right arm is pinned at the wrist to Rob's chest. The Triangle is a great counter to being stacked because the opponent helps your hooking leg into position (nice) as he stacks it onto his shoulder...

(Pic Four): Turn sideways slightly...this increases the pressure when you apply the choke. Note that Rob has hooked his leg over Dave's neck while pulling his right arm through while maintaining a good pin.

(Pic Five): Rob quickly brings his other leg up and slips it over his right leg. Note that Rob is reaching at the same time to grab his right leg with his left hand...

(Pic Six): ...and then pulls his ankle into the crease of his other knee. This completely traps Dave in a triangle shape where pressure is applied by the legs and the opponent's own arm and shoulder

(Pic Seven): To finish him off quickly thrust the hips upward, pull the knees and thighs inward and pull his head downwards. The opponent will lose consciousness within seconds if the triangle is tight and applied correctly.

When practising this technique release as soon as your partner taps submission. More than few seconds squeezing can be dangerous.

The Triangle Choke is a very powerful and versatile choke that can be done from various positions including:  the closed and open guards; the mount; across side.

There are also other types of Triangles such as rear; reverse and side triangles.
The common element in all Triangles is that the legs are in a figure four pattern that makers a triangular shape around both the shoulder and head.

This produces a very efficient stangling submission if applied correctly. It’s not easy to defend if done quickly and difficult to get out of when the trap shuts.
Triangle Choke from the guard position is a good counter to being stacked.