How to Do a Banana Split MMA Submission

Learn how to do a banana split MMA submission from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast video.

Speaker 1: Alright guys. Now again we are going to go over another tact to off that scrawl and that turtle control and we can transition into the truck position. Now from the truck, there’s a lot of variations, but what we’re going to do today is the banana split.

Speaker 2: I’m going to start from engaging the back now. It’s very important to keep in mind that it’s best to start this one when I already have a hook in. Probably I’m going for the back, I’m trying to roll, but he’s a very large opponent and I can’t get it down. So. Now, lets do it from this angle here. I’m going to face behind my opponent and bring my leg over. As I face this way, two hands, engage each foot and I sit down. Now if my opponent stays here, I do have a submission here. Okay. Now if most likely, he’s going to roll because of his ankle, I’m going to catch the hooking leg, like so into what’s called a "lock down". Now, my target now is going to be this leg here.

It’s very important, guys that when I grab the leg I do not expose my elbow because there is an arm right there so it’s very dangerous so make sure the elbow is not between the legs. I’m going to engage the leg. I see some grips here. This favorite here. The gable grip or hugging the choke. As long as his elbow is not exposed. That’s the most important thing. Now, let’s go for the submission here.

I’ll just do a basic gable grip. I’m going to stretch the legs in this direction as I pull with my body this leg in the opposite direction here. Okay, let’s do it again. I have a hook in and I just want to take it back, it’s not working. I turn around and hook. Two hand, engage his foot and I pull back and I roll my opponent and I catch the leg. At the same time, I immediately engage his leg here, gable grip and I’m going to stretch and pull. And that is your trunk position to what is called a banana split.