In BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) submission is king! To win the mental and physical game of chess is everyone’s goal. Every newbie to the mat starts out with only one thought “MAK’EM TAP OUT”. I include my self in that statement. I didn’t think about cunning and technique to start out. I only wanted my first Arm Bar or Triangle Choke. I focused everything on it. Now that I have my blue belt you could say I’ve seen the light and I know I’ve just started on the path to perfection.
If going for the submission is your first goal you will succeed in being submitted. If your thought process follows:
You are on your way to true enlightenment. Submissions come as a end result of well laid foundation. Its true that the thing the untrained eye sees and remembers the most is the finishing blow or frantic tap. Once that mind is trained you begin to see the lead up that makes the submission a natural sequence of actions.
I’m going to call it the Jiu-Jitsu pyramid. Start out with your thoughts focused on transitioning from where you are into the position you want to be in. Once that is accomplished think about bettering your position. When and only when you have your satisfactory position think about submission.