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Submission Grappling

Submission grappler – Different ways to submit an opponent in Jiu Jitsu. Most common submissions are chokes, joint locks, and throws.

The most common submissions in Jiu Jitsu are armbars, triangles, and omoplatas. 

If you aren’t familiar with the names, you can tell if the person is attacking your arm or your shoulder. If they are attacking your shoulder, they are probably doing an omoplatas. If they are attacking your arm, they are probably doing a triangle. If they are attacking your head, they are probably doing a choke.


The best type of submissions for you to use are determined by a few factors. Those factors are: 

The size and strength of your opponent

The type of opponent that you are going up against

How much time you have

How much energy you have

How much pain your opponent is willing to endure in order to stay in the fight

We will be discussing some of the most common submissions that you can use in the sport of Jiu Jitsu.

All of these submissions “compete” for top submission, which is how competitors know when to tap out.

Submission or Submission?

Submission is one word, so it’s not really a question. That said, people still often ask us: “Why is it submission and not submssion?”

Well, the answer is that it isn’t.

So, the question presents itself, who is most successful using different submissions? I wanted to investigate which submissions had the highest success rate, and if there were any clear trends.

Chokes Top The List

Submission grappling chokes are performed by pressing your forearm against your opponent’s neck, compressing his trachea. Joint locks are used by manipulating a joint in a direction that either shuts it down completely (an ankle lock) or puts it under a great deal of stress (a shoulder lock).

To do this, I used data of UFC fights, specifically UFC fights from 2009-2013. I looked at submissions that were achieved from the back.