Everyone loves to see the Flying Triangle or the Flying Arm Bar. They are spectacular. But how often are they used and what percent of submission come from them? Lets face it, not many. The guy who wins the most matches in BJJ or MMA has good solid skills in the basics. The secret to high percentage submissions is simplicity. The more steps there are to a submission the longer it takes to set up and the more likely it will fail. If a submission takes 4 steps to work, it only needs one to go wrong and fail. A example of a high percentage sweep that comes to mind is the Hip Bump Sweep described in Jiu Jitsu University by Saulo Ribeiro. It is simple to master and very efficient in execution. If I were to give it a percentage I’d say 85% of the time I get it. In the submission category the first one that I think of is what I call The Giant Johnson. It is done from cross body. You are on top and you arms are over you opponent and below his arms. You simple reach under his arm and around his head and lock your hands together. You now have a blood choke on him with his own arm and yours on the other side. Simple and quick! That is where the high percentage techniques come from.
You know the old saying “Keep is simple stupid”. I can’t think of a better application for it then in Jiu Jitsu and MMA.