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Posted On: 26 Jul, 2023
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Mastering the Art: 5 of The Most Effective No-Gi Submissions in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

No-Gi Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a dynamic and fast-paced martial art that focuses on grappling techniques, minus using a traditional uniform or gi. It revolves around leverage, technique, and strategic No-Gi submissions to overcome (not overpower) opponents. Read on to discover our top most effective No-Gi submissions in No-Gi BJJ, their mechanics, variations, and, most importantly—the significance of mastering these techniques for victory on the mat.

1. Rear-Naked Choke

This variant of No-Gi chokes, popularly known as the “blood choke,” is a staple submission in No-Gi BJJ for its renowned success rate. The nickname derives from the technique restricting blood flow to the brain via the carotid arteries. When done correctly, it can induce temporary unconsciousness in the opponent.

To perform the Rear-Naked Choke, wrap your arm around your challenger’s neck from behind. Secure a firm grip on the biceps or shoulder, applying direct pressure to his neck. The strategy can be executed from various positions, including the back mount, turtle position, or during a transition from other No-Gi submissions.

2. Guillotine Choke

The Guillotine is a versatile and powerful submission that targets the opponent’s neck. Like the Rear-Naked choke, it squeezes the challenger’s neck to debilitate them. However, the difference in these No-Gi chokes is that the guillotine’s prime motive is to restrict air supply rather than blood flow. 

To execute, clasp your arms around your opponent’s neck. With one arm under their chin and the other securing the grip, squeeze your arms together and force him to submit. You can perform the Guillotine Choke standing, in the guard, or during takedown attempts. 

Additionally, an Arm-In Guillotine is a stronger control than a No-Arm Guillotine. When you attack with an arm in, you don’t need many follow-up attacks to finish your opponent. However, it’s a harder move—if your opponent decides to roll, it may be hard to chase him. 

3. Triangle Choke

The Triangle No-Gi Choke’s end goal is to restrict blood flow by trapping the opponent’s head and arm between your legs, creating a triangular configuration. 

To perform, wrap your legs around your opponent’s head and arm between your legs, squeeze your legs together, and apply steady pressure to his carotid arteries. You can approach this technique from the guard, side control, the mount, bottom full-guard, or even during a scramble. It is typically performed from side control by putting one of your arms under your opponent’s head from the opposite side.

4. Armbar

The Armbar is a classic submission that targets the opponent’s arm joint, transmitting immense pressure on the elbow. It involves isolating an arm, usually on guard or from the mount position, and securing control of the arm’s wrist and elbow. Hyperextending the arm and applying downward pressure forces the opponent to submit or risk injury.

To demonstrate this technique when you are on top of your opponent, get to the S-Mount position. Next, start pulling his arm and straightening it. Then, place your secondary hand on the mat for added stability. After that, drive your shin to your opponent’s face. Finally, we recommend finishing the Armbar by staying on top and thrusting your hip forward to hyperextend his arm and break it (if he does not submit).

5. Kimura

The Kimura is easily one of the most popular No-Gi submissions in the sport since its formation. It is a shoulder lock that isolates the opponent’s arm by grabbing their wrist and applying leverage to rotate the shoulder joint past its limits. The Kimura can be used as a submission technique to transition into other dominant positions, like back takes, No-Gi chokes, and armbars. It’s so phenomenal that once the Kimura is locked in, the opponent only has seconds to submit before breaking the arm.

From a basic guard stance, place your opponent’s hand on the mat to set up a clear opening. Make sure to grab his wrist to his hand. You can use a normal grip, but we recommend a five-finger grip for extra strength. 

Next, do a side ab crunch and sit up into the arm you’re controlling. Twist your secondary hand over his shoulder and loop through their arm to lock your hands together. Finish the move by pushing his arm behind his back as you lay back down, scooting your hips out to leave room to crank his arm.

Final Thoughts

Getting down to it, No-Gi BJJ and Gi BJJ don’t seem to have many differences from the surface. After all, No-Gi’s only difference is that it doesn’t require a typical cotton uniform, otherwise known as the “gi” or “kimono.” With No-Gi, you essentially have “no gi”—just a rash guard and shorts. 

However, the fact that No-Gi lacks the dangling, grabbable garments of the gi changes the nature of the game completely. With that comes a greater emphasis on grappling techniques. That’s why finding an experienced Jiu-Jitsu instructor in Hampton Roads, Virginia, to achieve these moves is so important.

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