Everyone that trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu always wants to get the submission. While the mantra says position over submission and people may say they are happy just rolling, the bottom line that everyone, even if in the back of their mind, wants to latch a submission on their opponent even if they are a higher belt than them. There are some things that you can do to enhance your game in that area though.
One of the best ways to enhance your submission game is to only allow yourself one certain submission per week. It can be done one of two ways. First, you can allow yourself say just armbars. This means no matter where you are whether it be mount, back, side-control, or guard that you can through an armbar. Doing a submission a week this way allows yourself more submissions to work with and gets you comfortable with the basic technique no matter what position you are in.
The other way to do a submission a week is to only allow yourself one move from a certain position, so lets stay with the theme of armbars and say you can only do them from mount. Doing the submission a week this way forces yourself to also get to a certain position. This means you cannot go anywhere to latch on your submission, and your sole focus will be getting to where you can finally through on the submission. It limits you more, but it will enhance your game in terms of guard breaks and transitions since you can’t lay on you back to finish the match.
Both ways of applying this ideal has its up and downs, but I am more of a fan of the second method. A lot of times we find ourselves very weak in a certain position which we will not put ourselves in just, because we do not want to be throttled. In a previous article, we talked about putting ourselves in danger to elevate our game in that aspect, but it is easier to just go where we are comfortable. If we motivate ourselves by making us work to get to the position to apply the submission then we can truly bring our games to the next level. Plus, if you can get a submission on a training partner, who knows your game, there is no stopping you come tournament time.