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Mastering the Art of BJJ Submissions

Updated: Jan 7

Among the most fundamental and exciting aspects of BJJ are submissions. These techniques can lead to victory by forcing an opponent to "tap out" or concede defeat. In this blog post, we'll explore the world of BJJ submissions, delving into their types, mechanics, and strategic significance. 





The Essence of BJJ Submissions 


At its core, BJJ is about controlling and submitting opponents, even when they are bigger or stronger. Submissions are the heart of this art, emphasizing technique and leverage over brute force. There are two primary categories of submissions in BJJ: 


  1. Joint Locks: These involve applying pressure to an opponent's joints, typically targeting the elbow or shoulder. Common joint locks include armbars and kimuras. 

  2. Chokes: Chokes aim to restrict an opponent's blood flow or airflow, leading to unconsciousness if not released. Examples include rear-naked chokes and triangle chokes. 


The Mechanics of Submissions


BJJ submissions are a fascinating blend of technique, leverage, and precision. Let's take a closer look at the mechanics behind two iconic submissions:


  • Armbar: To execute an armbar, the student secures an opponent's arm, typically from the guard position. By applying pressure on the elbow joint, the armbar forces the opponent to submit or risk injury. Proper hip movement and control are key to its effectiveness. 

  • Rear-Naked Choke: In this chokehold, the student secures the opponent's back and locks in the choke using their forearm and bicep. It cuts off blood flow to the opponent's brain, leading to unconsciousness if maintained. Precise positioning and grip are crucial.  


Strategy and Execution


In BJJ at Urbana Academy, achieving the right position is often more important than the submission itself. Students must strategically transition to dominant positions to set up submissions effectively. The art of "chain submissions" involves smoothly transitioning from one submission attempt to another, keeping the opponent on the defensive. Defense is equally critical in BJJ. Knowing how to recognize and escape submissions is essential to becoming a well-rounded practitioner. 


Submissions in BJJ Competitions and Training 

BJJ competitions are scored based on the successful execution of submissions, among other factors. Points are awarded for achieving dominant positions and attempting submissions. This encourages our students to prioritize technique and strategy over aggression. In training, BJJ practitioners engage in our "rolling" sessions, where they practice live sparring. 


Submissions are a fundamental aspect of these sessions, allowing practitioners to test their skills against resisting opponents. 

BJJ submissions are not just techniques for winning matches; they represent the essence of the art itself. Through intricate mechanics, strategy, and precision, our students learn to control and submit opponents, regardless of their size or strength. The world of BJJ submissions is a journey of mastery, where technique triumphs over sheer force. In the realm of BJJ, tapping out isn't a sign of weakness; it's a testament to the effectiveness of submissions and the art's commitment to technique and control. Come and join Urbana Academy this 2024 and experience this great journey.


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Phone: 301-529-6289 
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