In baseball, a pitcher may have five different pitches in his arsenal. But most pitchers will throw more fastballs in a game than all of their other pitches combined.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners, especially at the higher levels, have a wide library of submissions they can employ. But like the fastball in baseball, some subs are used much more than others.
Trying to create a list of the best BJJ Submissions is difficult because there is traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the gi, no-gi and BJJ in MMA.
BJJ black belt Stephan Kesting of Grapplearts asked his Facebook fans to name their most reliable and most effective submission, as well as from which position they apply it.
He received over 500 responses, then created an infographic that details the results.
If we were to compose a list of the best BJJ subs that win MMA fights, that list would look much different than the infographic above. MMA 121 is one of a few different websites that tracked every MMA win by submission. Their list compiled stats from all the major promotions over three years. The rear naked choke was by far the most dominant submission, almost by a 2-1 margin.
Guillotines represented the second-highest totals across MMA, followed by armbars, triangle chokes and arm-triangle chokes. In fact, those five submissions accounted for almost 90% of all submission wins.
So the answer to what the best submissions are depends on whether it’s traditional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or MMA.