What Are MMA Submissions?

Learn what MMA submissions are from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast video.

Hi, guys. I’m Rene Dreyfus from Radical MMA, and this is Chad Hernandez. We’re here to talk about and introduce submissions. First I want to talk about the concept of submission itself. The idea in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is first to establish a powerful position. You’re not grabbing arms and limbs and just going around. You’re establishing a good side control, a good mount, a good back attack, a very strong position. From that position, you will establish leverage, and the leverage will overcome your opponents strength. Remember, position before submission. And the dominant positions are, of course, the side control, mount, and the back. Now the most dominant, of course, is the back and the back mount. The second is mount. The third, all the variations of side control, side, Scarf side control, and of course north-south, which is sort of like side control, but more above your opponent.

Those are all the positions we’re going to go over today and how to hit submissions from them. It’s also important to be able to transition from each submission back on track to get to better positions. So if you’re in side control, and you miss a position, miss a submission, then you can go and have a way to segue back to a better position. Okay. Remember, always go for positions. Positions first.