Articles in the Submission Category
This is a choke from the sitting back position, (and it’s very similar to the clock choke.)
With your top hand, try to get a deep lapel grip. do this but sliding your thumb under the lapel, pointing your knuckles up and sliding your hand as far up the lapel as you can to get a deep grip. try to flick the guys chin up with a turning motion of your wrist. If you get a bad grip, don’t be too discouraged, you can still finish, it will just take more patience.
Next get a decent, but not too high grip with the other hand, the bottom hand.
Lean over to your side and you pull your tom-grip arms, elbow hard to your hip as you drop your head and get ear to ear.
Finish by giving a had hug as you squeeze, turning your choking grip arm, pulling your elbow closer to your hip, and extending your other arm at the elbow to tighten the lapel.
I think it’s easier to finish this choke by also pulling your bottom hand up into your opponents neck as you pull back with that arm. You donlt have to wait for the lapel to do all the work. Hug the neck with this hand hard by trying to touch your fingertips to the back of their neck.
IF you can’t get the grip, attach with a backward eziekel choke:
S grip your hands.
post your top-arm-side foot on their hip hip
spin your arms as you push with your foot. (You’re spinning to a positions similar to the Bow-and-Arrow position)
Get the Eziekel, gripping inside your back hands sleeve
Rotate your back hand around to the near side of their neck.
Choke, by pushing this had forward into the side of their neck. (Make sure your far hand wrist bone is perpendiculal to thier neck to get the pincher-like pressure here which is the finish)
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This is a good chain of choke attacks from side control (and possible half guard top, if you are high up).
1: try for the guillotine first. Top arm loops under and around your opponents neck beneath you. If you can clasp your hands, roll to your back as you throw your top leg over your opponents body and “rock the baby” to finish. IF you cannot clasp your hands because they are fighting your hands, THEN
2: Punch your top arm under their top arm and under their neck to the Darst set up. gable grip your hands. Pull towards your hip to get their head close to you and your arm deeper. Grab your bicep with your bottom arm and their trap with your top arm. Post on your toes and elevate your forearm to crank the finish. (if you have ample pressure on their top trapped arm, you will get the choke, otherwise, it’s a crank.) IF they know your Darst intentions and won’t let you punch through, Then go for the armless Darst Choke.
3: Instead of punching under, just slide your am under thier neck, but not too deep, your elbow should not be under their neck, but your forearm should. Lock up the Darst grip (bicep, top hand is on top of the front of their shoulder this time though. ) Critical detail: now slide your own shoulder down so that it is on top of their neck, and curl your bicep to get the choke. You are basically doind a curl with their neck between your forearm and your bicep.
Choke, Side Control, Submission »
Here are 3 variations of hitting an armbar from the mount. They all hinge on getting a good cross collar grip, transitioning to the S mount, and finally finishing based on what your opponent is doing with their arms. One critical detail to remember through all of these is that it’s not all about the arm you are attacking. What you are doing with your other hand (preventing an escape) is equally important.
Start Mounted with a cross collar grip with your left hand.
1. Lean over to your right (over your opponents left shoulder). Use your chest and head to to fold your opponents left arm over their face. As you do this slide your right knee forward behind your opponents head.
2. Continue applying pressure with your chest on top of your opponents arms and face as you kick your left heel up under their armpit and establish the S mount.
3. Reach through your opponents arms with your right arm, trapping their near arm, the left arm, and grab your own collar.
4.With your left hand, grab their near leg knee (gi) as your rock down towards their knees and then finally arch your back to finish. Remember to keep your pant-leg grip throughout.
**if they are locking their arms, put your bottom leg heel inside their far elbow and push out. this will brake the grip.
(Alternate Finish – they are keeping their elbows very tight)
4. Reach behind their far elbow and pull it up towards you as you rock forward towards their head as your arch your back to finish. (This is kind of like an Americana arm crank).
(Alternate Finish – they are grabbing their own elbows and your can’t get your arm laced in between theirs and trap their right arm. so, attack the other arm from the other side)
4. With your right arm, reach under their right forearm and grab the top of their right tricep.
5. Lean across their body and post on your left arm as you switch sides, placing your hips under their right arm. Lean back fast for a quick submission.
Arm Bar, Gi, Mount, s mount, Submission »
From the back there are basically 4 things your opponents might do with their hands to react. You have the Garcia Back Control grip, meaning you have your arms around them from the back like a seatbelt. It’s important that your bottom arm is grabbing your top arm’s wrist. (While all this is going on, remember to never cross your feet.)
Based on their hand positions, you have 4 options to get to the trigger position of a choke:
1 – Your opponent grabs your bottom arm with both hands:
Let them have your bottom arm. Punch it forward as you shoot your top arm across their neck and grab the back of their shoulder.
2 – Your opponent grabs your top arm with both hands:
Let go of your hands. Slip your bottom hand inside on top of their gripping wrist which is closest to that arm. Move your wrist forward, palm up, and get a gable grip with your top arm on top. Pull your wrists up and towards their shoulder. This will put pressure on their wrist and force them to let go. When they do, shoot your top arm up and grab the back of their shoulder.
3 – Your opponent grabs one wrist with each hand:
Let go of your hands. Grab their wrist gripping your bottom arm with your top wrist. Hold their wrist in place while you pull your bottom wrist up. when it’s free, use your bottom hand to grab their hand that was gripping it previously. forcefully push that wrist down towards your hips and trap that arm against your body with your leg on that side. Simultaneously, shoot your top arm across and grab the back of their shoulder.
4 – Your opponent grabs one of your arms with both hands and won’t let go.
Obviously if your opponent grabs one of your arms and is controlling it, they’ve taken it out of play, and you won’t be able to use it to finish. If they do this, you can still apply a choke with one arm. To do this, get your choking arm as far back behind their shoulder as possible. Once it’s as deep as you can get it, put your head onto their shoulder as you reach up and grab the back of your own neck. To do this, turn your face into their neck so that it’s easier for you to grab the back of your neck. Once you’ve got the back of your own neck, squeeze and flex your bicep and you’ll get the tap.
FINISHING THE CHOKE (with both hands)
When your arm is across their neck they will focus on pulling it down to avoid the choke. When they do, use the palm of your free arm and to push across your forearm, cleaning their grips off of it. When your choking arm is free enough, drive it deeper and get the Dan Severin grip behind their shoulder. Try to put the elbow of your backside arm on their spine. Put your face on top of their shoulder, squeeze and finish.
Rear Naked Choke:
If you can’t finish with the Severin grip, transition to the Rear Naked grip (birdman hand cross, slide to get the rear naked grip). Put your head on top their shoulder so they can’t pry your arms. Finish.
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This is a great match between Fernando “Margarida” Pontes and Flavio Almedia. Most Jiu Jitsu tape watchers consider this to be one of the best BJJ matches ever. Notice how aggressively Margarida attacks for submissions as Almedia tries to pass. There are also a number of great transitions where Margarida goes from Kimura to Armbar to Oma Plata. Almedia also does a great job of countering Margarida’s second Kimura attempt with an Armbar of his own. The match finishes with a Baseball Bat Choke from Knee on the Belly.
Arm Bar, Gi, kimura, knee on belly, Submission, videos »
The Arm Triangle(aka Head and Arm Choke) is a great example of a technique that has evolved in recent years. Fighters like BJ Penn, and Thales Leites have successfully used this new version of the Arm Triangle a number of times in MMA matches to finish their opponents.
The major difference is that to finish the choke they use a gable grip as opposed to a rear naked choke grip. Another improvement is that they post the inside knee against the opponents hip. Check out BJ Penn, and Thales Leites applying the technique from a number of different set ups in the videos below.