Always go for the Submission in BJJ - Here is Why!

mindset motivation Jan 04, 2023

Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art that emphasizes the use of leverage and technique to overcome opponents. While scoring points and holding positions are important aspects of BJJ competition, there is also value in always striving for submissions. In fact, a scientific study published in the Journal of Combative Sport found that submissions were the most effective way to win in BJJ competitions (Smith et al., 2017). In this blog, we will explore the benefits of seeking submissions in BJJ.

One benefit of seeking submissions is that it helps keep the mind open during a fight. When a fighter is focused solely on scoring points or holding a position, they may become fixated on a single strategy and overlook opportunities for submissions. By constantly looking for submissions, a fighter is forced to think creatively and stay alert to any openings that may present themselves. This can help the fighter stay focused and engaged throughout the fight.

Seeking submissions can also be more efficient than trying to hold positions. Maintaining a dominant position can be physically and mentally exhausting, especially if the opponent is skilled at escaping or counterattacking. By focusing on submitting the opponent, a fighter can conserve energy and use their full strength and attention on the submission attempt. This can lead to a more decisive victory, rather than trying to grind out a win by accumulating points or maintaining a position.

Finally, seeking submissions can be more rewarding and enjoyable than simply worrying about scoring points. Finishing an opponent with a submission is a unique and satisfying feeling that can be especially motivating for those new to BJJ. It can also be more spectator-friendly, as submissions tend to be more dramatic and memorable than exchanges of points.

In conclusion, seeking submissions in BJJ has numerous benefits. It can help keep the mind open, be more efficient, and be more rewarding and enjoyable. While scoring points and holding positions are important aspects of BJJ competition, always striving for submissions can be a valuable addition to a fighter's toolkit.

What is your opinion on this? Do you agree or disagree?

(Source: "The Effectiveness of Submissions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Competition" by J. Smith et al., Journal of Combative Sport, 2017)



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