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Submission Type


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For the most part a compression submission is a choke. However, this is not always the case. A Bicep cutter would be and example of a Compression Submission.
Along with that most of the time the compression will be in a triangle fashion. In fact, at the moment I am still unable to think of any compression submission that doesn’t utilize some version of a triangle positioning.

So how can this help us?

With this info you can start to self correct your own mistakes by following some basic concepts.
Usually for a compression submission to work you will create a triangle position with your arms or legs.

What type of compression?

Now when you are doing compressions you are choosing to attack 1 of 3 things. 

  • The bloodstream
  • The airway
  • A Hinge joint

Why does this matter?

You have to know where to apply force

  1. In the first case, the bloodstream or often called a blood choke. I have to create a rigid barrier against one or both of carotid arteries. You can also use their body or the mat as a barrier but you have to make sure that is also on their carotid. 
  2. In the second case, the airway or often called a wind choke. I have to create a rigid barrier against the front of the throat. 
  3. In the third case, the hinge joint or often called slicer or crunch. I have to create a rigid barrier against both bones connected to the hinge joint. 

So how do we make it tighter?

In pretty much all cases you make the compression submission tighter by making the triangle area that you are affecting smaller. The key is to make sure that you have your barriers in the correct spot. If you don’t it will be annoying but bearable. 

What other factors do I have to worry about with a compression submission?

You have to find an angle where you can continue to make the affected triangle smaller.
You have to control any appendage that might be able to aid your opponent in widening that triangle.
You have to keep their opponent in a weak position, usually this means you are breaking down their posture.
You have to control the distance. Allowing your opponent to create space lessens the effect of your submission.