Have you ever wondered what the most popular and powerful BJJ submissions in BJJ are? Here’s our list of the top 37 submissions taught in BJJ academies all over the world.
WARNING: not all of these techniques are legal in IBJJF competition, or allowed at all schools. But it’s still better to be familiar with these illegal techniques just in case someone tries to use them on you. And many of these illegal BJJ moves still have a ton of validity for MMA applications or self defense situations, so they are well worth learning!
1. Rear Naked Choke (aka RNC, Mata Leão, Lion Killer or Sleeper Hold)The Rear Naked Choke is the single most important submission in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This is the definitive way to end a fight, and should be your primary threat anytime you have the rear mount.
No matter if you’re doing BJJ with the gi, no gi submission grappling, MMA or self defense, sink this choke and the fight should be over!
2. Straight ArmbarThe straight armbar is one of the most versatile and powerful submissions in BJJ. It can be applied from just about any position, including the mount, sidemount, rear mount, kneemount, against the turtle or from the guard.
3. Triangle ChokeThe Triangle Choke is a BJJ signature move and it has finished a huge number of matches and sparring sessions. It is one of the most common BJJ submissions from the guard, but you can also set it up from other positions.
The Triangle Choke can be a finicky submission, and it can take a while to become comfortable with the fine details that make this technique so powerful. But if you have long, flexible legs then this might just be your move!
4. Bow and Arrow ChokeThis might be the single most powerful gi choke in BJJ. You get your grip on your opponent’s lapel, and then use your other arm to rotate your body relative to his which tightens the choke considerably. This is a very popular choke in high level competition and for smaller sized grapplers.
Typically you will apply the Bow and Arrow Choke from rear mount, but there are also other entries for this submission.
5. Americana Armlock (aka V Armlock, Ude Garami)The Americana is usually one of the first submissions you learn in BJJ, and is a twisting submission that mostly attacks the shoulder joint.
The Americana is most often applied from sidemount, but you can also apply it from mount, kesa gatame, or even from guard.
6. Sleeve Choke (aka Ezekiel Choke)The Sleeve Choke is a very versatile attack that can be launched from almost any position, including positions where you ordinarily wouldn’t have many submission attacks (e.g. the bottom of mount, inside your opponent’s guard, etc.).
Once you’ve wrapped your arm arm around your opponent’s head then all you need to do is connect your two arms together by grabbing inside your own sleeve and – BOOM – the choke is on! Try BJJ tshirt.