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Top Ten Jiu Jitsu Submissions

Updated on May 14, 2013

How to apply my top ten favorite BJJ submissions with video instruction

Jiujitsu is an ever evolving art form. It is still argued today of where jiu jitsu originated. On the other hand it is not argued who made the sport what it is today. The Gracie name is the holy grail to many in the grappling community. The family revolutionized jiujitsu with their extreme attention to technique, incomparable skills, and unmatchable training regimen. To this day only on American by the name of EDDIE BRAVO can say he submitted a Gracie, and with the sport growing as it rides the coat tails of MMA, grappling has never been as popular as it is today, and looks to be still rising.

#1. Rear Naked Choke - Get your Hooks in and Sink it in

The mother of all submissions, any semi serious fighter knows this submission. I have won many jiu jitsu matches with this submission. The difficulty level is very low while the effiecency of this choke is out of the roof.

#2. Armbar - (mount position)

The arm bar is a common fighter favorite simply because of the multiple postitions you can apply this sub in a fight or match. The Arm Bar is one of the more difficult submissions to perfect It took me two months after I learned this submission to finally be able to actually submit an opponent with it. The Arm Bar hyperextends the elbow joint and its legiments. Often if a fighter does not submit their arm will be broken.

#3. Triangle Choke

The trianlge choke is a long legged fighter's bread and butter submission using their long lower limbs to cut off the air to the brain. This is my personal favorite because of my long legs. This submission also allows many transitions to other postions and submissions depending on how your oppenents defends.

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#4. Kimura

The kimura key lock attacks the shoulder joint. This submission is often used to sweep opponents rather than submit them. I recently won the AGA jiu jitsu competion with this particular submission.

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#5 Guillotine Choke

The Guillontine is a beginner's go to submission. This choke is often applied when your opponent shoots for a take down and his neck area is easily accessible. The difficulty level is very low allowing beginner's some sucsess.

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#6 Ankle Lock

This submission is in trouble of being banned entirely, many grappling tournaments do not allow ankle lock because its high impact on the ankle bone and joint. My last tounament band ankle locks as well as insided and outside heel hooks.

#7. Knee Bar

Knee bar comes in a seven because it's a very commonly used submission by more advanced fighters and jiu-jitsu aces. The Difficulty level is very high for this submission allowing only expierenced competitors to attempt it.

Gotta Have The Gi!

Gotta Have The Gi!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I prefer gi but also enjoy the speed and mobility of no-gi. ultimately I think you should train both because they both aid your game.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      its tradition bro

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      GI Now

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      GI Now

    Gi vs No-gi - Whats Your Prefrence

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      #8. Americana Key Lock

      The Americana key lock is a devistating submission that attacks the elbow and shoulder joints. It is also a beginner favorite because its low technical attributes.

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      #9. The Arm Triangle

      The arm triangle is a great submission for an aggressive opponent. Slap this on him and he's begging to be let loose in seconds.

      # 10. The D'arce Choke

      The D'arce choke is different kind of choke than the rear nakeds and triangles the d'arce unlike other chokes cuts of the blood to the brain rather than air making this choke a little more legthy to get the tap.

      Rubber Guard vs Traditional BJJ Guard

      Which is better Rubber Guard or BJJ Guard

      BJJ Guard

      BJJ Guard

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        • KJones 2 years ago

          lol you can really tell the difference who's bravo fan, and gracie fan here lol

        • anonymous 3 years ago

          I prefer the bjj guard but i do want to start working on my rubber guard, although it does seem to require greater flexibility than i currently have.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          It truly doesn't matter as long as you know what you're doing and why in both positions.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          you are a moron, the rear naked and triangle choke compress the carotid artery thereby making it a blood choke. The ezekiel often attacks the trachea and compresses it making it an air choke, go back to karate

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          Brazillian Jujitzu

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          BJJ is the Best but the rubber guard is nice.

          BJJ is a more universal guard, the RG requires more flexibility IMO

        • Black_Eagle_Martial_Arts 5 years ago

          BBJ!

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          both are great in their own way but Bjj takes the cake for me

        • anonymous 5 years ago

          Bjj Guard is more functional unless you're in a mma situation

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          rubber guard is useful but it's just one of many, many possibilities that all start from the bjj guard

        • anonymous 6 years ago

          the rubber guard doesn't exist without the bjj guard. rubber guard is cool and all, but it isn't something just anyone can do. Your knees and hips have to be able to take the strain, and not everyone can handle that.

          the traditional BJJ guard is the better all-around guard, with the rubber guard serving as a specialty that has its place when the time calls for it.

          BJJ guard = always a good choice.

          Rubber guard = good choice when the situation calls for it.

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          BJJ is way better

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          the bjj guard is better straight up

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          Rubber guard is a fad and would have zero following if Joe Rogan wasn't a Eddie Bravo follower. How often do you see any rubber guard techniques work in MMA? Never.

        • anonymous 7 years ago

          It's not the technique, its the person doing it.

        • anonymous 8 years ago

          All the world champs don't use rubber guard. Bravo is not a world champ. Therefore, I will study what the world champs use instead.

        Rubber Guard

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          • anonymous 4 years ago

            Rubber guard allows for more paths towards a submission.

          • anonymous 4 years ago

            I agree for rubber guard more flexibilty is required but gives you more attacking options i believ.rubber guard is an example of how bjj is evolving

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            I like both, but the rubber guard allows for more control of your opponent in a mixed martial arts fight.

          • ny-kickboxing 5 years ago from New York

            great idea for a lens, thanks

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Rubber Guard is the best for ANY No-Gi situation, IMO. It eliminates the opponents ability to use sweat and strength to their advantage. This isn't really a problem with the GI obviously, but when the guy is sweaty and it's easy for him to muscle out of any submission, it's important to ALWAYS keep him broken down and always be clenching.

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            closed guard is great, but breaking opponent's posture is key. rubber guard leaves one arm free to work submissions or go deeper into rubber guard sequence, new york, chill dog, jiu claw etc. i still like closed guard, but i have a knack for open and de la riva

          • anonymous 6 years ago

            I'm able to get my testicles closer to their face, and my testicles stink so that's always a good thing.

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            basically the guard is the bjj guard... the rubber guard is just an advancement if you want to go for maybe a gogoplata or maybe an omoplata. you can even get the triangle which is my personal favorite from here. you cal also get those from the bjj guard. they are both effective and just depend on how you use them

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            Rubber Guard and the BJJ Guard should be one in the same. Rubber Guard is another tool in a BJJ Guard. Rubber Guard is not the end all be all for the Guard, however I believe that is it a step forward for everyone that practices BJJ.

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            i like the rubber guard... its just too dang hard to get into if you're up against someone who knows what's coming. Keep your hands on the stomach, and your head up (posture) and you nullify the rubber guard.

            however there is no such thing as the bjj guard.... that's why im choosing the rubber guard... there are so many variations in the guard in bjj, you would just be cheating yourself if you didn't explore them all... x guard, spider guard, de la riva, just to name a few.

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            You have more offensive options with the Rubber Guard. The triangle is there and theres about 10 different ways to set it up from Rubber Guard. The omaplota is there. The gogoplata is there. It's just a better offensive guard. And a better defensive guard. We've seen too many black belts get smashed using the bjj guard. The Rubber Guard is the wave of the future. Wake up, it's the truth .

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            Bjj is a good holding guard but rubber Guard is good transition guard use both and keep them guesing. that's what I like.

          • anonymous 7 years ago

            If it can tap a Gracie, its got merit

          • anonymous 8 years ago

            rubber guard has smooth transitions, an immense amount of possibilities from every position, and gives u a free hand. its also great for sweeps and it allows much more innovation and improvisation. also it presents a wide range of trickery and is less straight forward than traditional guards making it hard to deal with because many people don't know what's coming next

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              MMAFinderDenver 3 years ago

              Pretty cool picks thanks for the details and the videos

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              RainDefence LM 4 years ago

              How often do wristlocks get used in competition jiu jitsu? I have used them myself to great effect when grappling, but don't tend to see them often.

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              Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

              Awesome! My husband and daughter are training in martial arts right now, so this theme is very popular in our home right now :D

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              mmareviews 5 years ago

              Thanks for the vids.

              I have a competition coming up next month and I will try to use some of those techniques.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              Hey man, great lens. My personal favorite is a kimura. It always works, and it can be applied from just about any position. If you ever research the Gracie family, a lot of their losses were to the kimura.

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              Black_Eagle_Martial_Arts 5 years ago

              Great videos and information, check out the BBJ videos on our lens, think you might enjoy them!

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              ImpartialGreg 5 years ago

              Nice little lens! Thanks!

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              Delia 5 years ago

              Ouch! looks like there would be a great deal of bruises...interesting lens!

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              ViJuvenate 5 years ago

              My father was a Jiu-jitsu instructor back in the 1960s. I still remember all the slamming on the mats down in the basement. Lots of fun and a good method of self-defense.

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              WriterJanis2 5 years ago

              Nice job on your lens. The videos should be very helpful to people.

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @Inkhand: thanks ink and it is defiantly scary if your on the wrong end of it haha, loved your lens on sleep always struggle with getting enough with my training.

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @AllPurposePapoon: Wish you the best in starting your Jiu Jitsu Career. Great caddy shack lens btw! :)

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @AllPurposePapoon: Thats Great man I wish you the best of luck, Great Caddyshack lens btw that movie is hilarious. Thumbs Up!

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              AllPurposePapoon 5 years ago

              Great Lense. I intend on taking this martial art next. I'm currently a blue belt in TKD.

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              Inkhand 5 years ago

              Interesting lens, the "D'arce Choke" looks scary.

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              mmatrainingrevolution 5 years ago

              I enjoyed a lot watching the videos, thumbs up for this lens!

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @RV1: thanks RV liked your nada chair lens, anything that's beneficial to the well being of my body gets a thumbs up by me

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @Chris-H LM: Thanks Chris! Loved your lens on wing chun! love adding martial arts into my regimen that's why its called Mixed Martial Arts! Thanks again man

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @FitVision: Thanks fitvision. I don't know what i'd do without jiujitsu it keeps me sane

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              tigerbait 5 years ago

              @mary lighthouse15: Many Thanks Mary, Great Bonsai Tree Lens by the way, I have 2 of my own. And good luck to your Son in Judo :)

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              mary lighthouse15 5 years ago

              this is a good lens. my son is into judo and i enjoy watching him at his classes.

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              anonymous 5 years ago

              great lens great techniques and very informative vids i love 10th planet jiujitsu

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              FitVision 5 years ago

              Great videos. Jiu Jitsu really is a technical art!

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              lucky izan 5 years ago

              that was awesome move and deadly too. Great lens

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              Chris-H LM 5 years ago

              There were some great details in the videos you chose. Also I liked your comments. I learned refinements for the triangle choke and even the arm bar which I found useful. In addition the arm triangle choke and D'arce choke were completely new to me. Thanks!

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              anonymous 6 years ago

              Uhhh, the triangle choke is a blood choke. The rear naked is most of the time and the guillotine can be a blood choke, but is mos frequently an air choke.

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              RV1 6 years ago

              very nice lens. great content here.

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              CaliforniaGrown 6 years ago

              I like this lens a lot. I think that you should add the "suicide choke" to your list though. I have submitted more people with this choke than anything else. This would be my #1 choke of all time.

              Here is a good you tube video of it if you want to try it on the mats sometime. (i usually bring my leg over their head instead of just the shoulder).

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F5cUwUC9bk

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              BrentDeSantis 6 years ago

              I might just try one of these tricky submissions today..hehe

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              BrentDeSantis 6 years ago

              I might just try one of these tricky submissions today..hehe

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              awesome videos..keep them coming!

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              @anonymous: the only problem with moving up a bit is that it could kill him. that's y u wanna line up with his chin so u cut of the wind pipes on the side of his neck rather than pushing on his adams apple

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              anonymous 7 years ago

              Gret videos! But I gotta say I don't like the first one, I practice BJJ from time to time and if you want to add pressure to the rear naked, from my personal experience, the last thing you wanna do is have the chin line up with the elbow, not only does it give him plenty of room to move his head around (tuck his chin in to prevent you from applying pressure to his neck) but it also applies LESS pressure to his neck AND is harder to do than if you were to just slip up a part hand over the neck and hide it behind your other hand (or use your other hand to pull back, adds LOTS of pressure) . Aside from that, great videos!

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              infogoon 7 years ago

              Great videos. Really helpful. Thanks!

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              ELuna 7 years ago

              Great lens! One of my favorite moves is arm triangle from half guard. Thanks for the lens!

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              BusyQueen 8 years ago

              Great jiu jitsu lens. Very Informative! 5 Stars

            Have advice or a comment post it here, Also Suggestions for Submission of the Week are gladly accepted!

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                anonymous 4 years ago

                thanks,i can teach my trewghsleies.

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                anonymous 5 years ago

                I just wanted to thank you for detailing these submissions. I am a new beginner and I found your page to be very helpful and informative. :)