It may be just me, and the people I train with, but I noticed that the majority of people who submit me do so via choke, but people that are MUCH better than me submit via armlock (armbar, kimura, americana, etc) from side control. That’s not an absolute rule, but I have been noticing this little pattern throughout my jiu jitsu development. So here it goes, this might be complete bullshit, but bare with me.
The Theory Behind the Choke Armbar Chasm
My theory is that when a person is MUCH better than me I start to drown in the overwhelming feeling of always being a split second behind, always off balance, always outgripped. It seems that one of the effects of that feeling is I try to catch up, regain balance, and break grips. I start to panic physically, moving against the basic principles of jiu jitsu (that on the contrary I do manage to follow when I’m in control). One of the first principles that falls apart for me is elbow discipline. My arms start floating about like spaghetti in the wind, and are thus susceptible to all kinds of armlocks.
So the people I’m talking about never get to take my back because they already broke my arm (not literally) before ever having the chance to take my back.
Or It’s All Just Subjective Nonsensical Rambling
Of course, I could just be basing my theory on recent training sessions with Steve, Rick, Josh, and Drew alone, all of who break my arm 3-15 times in a single round. The names may or may not have been altered to maintain the anonymity of those individuals 😉
In reality, the above theory is mostly specific to the way my fundamentals fall apart when in survival mode. That’s one of the many things I have to work on.