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In all of MMA it is the two fighters that are both punching each other bloody that get the crowd and MMA fans going nuts!  However if you train in MMA I bet you also get just as much excitement out of watching a well crafted submission move.  Mixed martial artists understand and respect how hard it is to work your way into one of these submission moves. The amount of strategy behind getting your opponent to tap out.  What looks like just a few seconds to the average MMA fan took months of preparation and submission training.  Unlike a clean knockout (which is also exciting don’t get me wrong) a submission move takes a tremendous amount of preparation and work to watch and learn the tenancies of your opponent and capitalize on them.

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#5 Ankle lock

If your opponent is on their back you can wrap your arm around on the their ankles and brining it up to near your armpit.  Then try to lock that arm with your other arm to cinch this hold in.  With your free arm place your hand on the shin and while using your own body weight for leverage lean back   This immediate pressure, on their calf and Achilles tendon will cause excruciating pain and will force them to tap out.

#4 Kimura

The Kimura is known as one of the most important submission holds in Jiu-jitsu. t is also found in many other grappling systems, where it might be called a hammerlock, a chickenwing, or ude-garami. Now from either the guard or a side mounted position, you will grab your opponent’s hand or wrist, then you will open their guard and sit up or you can also rotate to your side. You will then reach over to their  arm that’s being held by your hand, grab your wrist and begin applying pressure to their arm pushing it away from their body, while moving it closer to their head.  This movement will hyper extend the shoulder and will cause extreme pain to your opponent.  Be sure to be very careful when using this move in practice and even in a match in the ring or octagon.

#3 Arm triangle

This submission move will cut off the oxygen supply to your opponent and render them unconscious.  Most of the time this move is attainable from the side mounted position.  When you secure the opponents head and arm you should have your upper bicep against his neck and your head against his upper tricep.  When you post your weight on him before you pass the half guard, the weight should be on the bicep that is in his neck.  The hand of the arm you are not choking the opponent with is placed on your head, not his. The half guard needs to be passed for this choke hold to take full effect. Once you are out of the half guard, you should jump to the side of his body that your head is on.

#2 Arm bar

Designed to hyperextend the arm, the arm bar is a common submission lock with many variations. The fighter will trap and isolate his opponent’s arm by pulling it between his own legs. with one of your opponents arms between your thighs and with the elbow joint against your hips. From that position the opponent’s arm is grabbed with your arms and his forearm is placed on your chest. To lock the arm, you will simply lean back and arch your hips at the same time. One of the most exciting moves is when someone cinches in a flying arm bar which can end a fight very quickly!  You will never forget it when you see one done in a UFC or professional MMA event.

#1 Gogoplata

This submission can be used most effectively by the more flexible mma fighters.  It is most likely setup from the rubber guard. Which is an open guard position and you are reaching behind your opponent, and then grab one of their legs with your arm.  You will then raise it up and toward their shoulder.  From there pull your leg over your opponents head and shin placing it ultimately on his throat.  Their head will then need to be pulled down and this will compress the windpipes causing them to lose oxygen and tapping out or going to sleep.

So, when you apply MMA Submission Holds correctly whether inside the octagon or in your MMA training, your opponents will have no option but to tap out or to take a nap.  To be effective in a match these moves need to be practiced and strategically setup.  So, don’t go into a fight looking to get a submission move you have never even done in class or practice, you will only get yourself into trouble!  But, take the time to practice these and they will become second nature very quickly.




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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Jesse Says:

    I never heard of the gogoplata before till I seen this thanks for the post. I heard Joe Rogan talk about it a couple times but thought he was joking. Anyway nice blog keep up the good work!

  2. Keith Says:

    This is my first time to read about the different moves or techniques in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). I have seen some fights on MMA and I was always clueless. I am glad I came across this site. At least now I have something to share when watching MMA fights with my friends.

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