August 30th Update: Learning a Submission or Two

Today was the first BJJ session for the week, and it was submission day. Last time around we learned takedowns (well, one takedown) and today I learned how to apply a lapel guillotine in four different situations, apply a triangle choke, and how to spot and exploit both the Americana and Kimura arm locks.

I still suck massively — flailing rather uselessly against people who’ve been training for roughly a month or less — but somehow, that barely discourages me. I spot my mistakes — I hesitate, I don’t commit to my takedowns, I don’t pursue aggressive positions, I give my arms too often and have trouble protecting both the back and neck — but the fact that I can begin to tell what I’m doing wrong in rolling makes me plenty happy.

That, and I’m excited to start using the triangle a lot. Body-type wise, it’s probably going to be among my final few best submissions — with these long legs of mine, I’ve got a lot of options from guard.

That being said, I’m slowly beginning to approach that point where I begin to comprehend how much I don’t know. Anyways, let’s review!

Today’s submission lesson.

I learned a few submissions today, and I’ve already gone over them in my little jits journal (although really, it’s an all-purpose little Jam notebook), but it doesn’t hurt to go over it all again on the blog.

Lapel Choke: This move probably has another name — maybe a lapel guillotine, or a gi guillotine — but it’s basically this: grab the opponent’s lapel as close to the base of the neck as possible, slip your bicep over his head and onto his nape, and twist his head in the opposite direction of your holding hand, (gently) crushing his windpipe. From here, there are several options.

  • If your opponent escapes by flipping on his side, you can apply a baseball choke.
  • If he turtles, side roll while holding onto his lapel. If this doesn’t make him tap, either take his far arm by the bicep (on the sleeve), and pull it to apply additional pressure to the windpipe, or underhook his closer arm to apply a variant to a rear naked choke by applying more pressure on the back of his neck.
  • If he spiders to lessen pressure on his windpipe after the roll, backroll to finish him off with a proper full-pressure guillotine. To avoid that, however, hold onto his pants during and after your roll.

Baseball Choke: From a dominant position, grab his lapel in an under-over pattern (for example, right hand gripping his lapel’s right side close to the neck, left hand going over your right arm and gripping his lapel’s left side close to the neck) and scissor his windpipe with your wrists. Tough to stop if you’re quick enough.

Americana: From side control (for the sake of this example, you’re on his right side), grab his left wrist with your left hand while his palm is facing upward. Underhook at the tricep with the right hand, grab your left wrist, and twist upwards.

Kimura: From side control (right side again), grab his left arm with your right hand while his palm is facing down. Use your other arm to underhook him at the tricep and basically repeat the twist. Remember to keep your body on him to prevent a premature escape before you’ve got the arm lock, well, locked down.

Triangle Choke: While in closed guard, wait for your opponent to attempt to free one knee for a full mount, and use the right opportunity to grab one arm and place your legs on his shoulder and armpit respectively. Lock your left foot under your right knee if you got his left arm, and vice versa for the other arm. Pull the arm across your body to the other side to apply pressure to his windpipe, then grab his head or your leg to push his head further into the choke and force him to tap out.

I also learned a few escapes, but I won’t detail them here either — I’ve got it all in my notebook, which is what matters. That being said, today was extremely fun (despite the losses!) and I can’t wait for the next lesson!

Currently listening to: Mayhem — Halestorm