A competitor in US Grappling’s first ever sub-only BJJ tournament sinks an armbar. Photo courtesy US Grappling.
I don’t know why you started learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I have a few guesses (that probably involve the name Royce Gracie somewhere in there), but I can’t say I really know. But I do think I know some reasons you did not begin taking jiu-jitsu classes. You did not begin taking jiu-jitsu classes because:
- you wanted to compete in a tournament somewhere and win by an advantage when time runs out
- you heard really great things about winning a BJJ match by referee decision
Neither of those are the goals of people who train jiu-jitsu, whether they’ve been around forever or just started. So today on The FightWorks Podcast we brought on Chrissy Linzy of US Grappling, to talk about submission only (“sub only”) BJJ and grappling tournaments. As the name implies, the only way to win a match is if you tap your opponent. No time limits. No points. Just an awesome day of tap tap tap everywhere.
That’s one of the most fun things about jiu-jitsu right? Comparing your techniques against others’. That’s the point of sub only BJJ events.
One concern people have about sub only jiu-jitsu tournaments is that the matches may take a long time, and make the event unmanageable. Luckily Chrissy is a data-nut and keeps details stats on just such topics. According to her:
Overall average match time is around 8 minutes.
Fastest submission ever is 5 seconds (Mike Galitello’s flying armbar).
Most popular submission has always been armbars. That’s usually how about 20% of the matches end. Top three are almost always armbars, triangles, and rear naked chokes, but americanas have edged out RNCs at two of our last three Sub Only events.
So join us today as we learn more about this increasingly-popular style of BJJ competition.