Pressure game and speed are essential in landing a backtake you can actually maintain and chain to a submission. But the element of surprise also helps, especially when you’re out of the gi.
Quotes and Chokes (featuring Nick Angeloni’s hairline, one of he best in adult jiu-jitsu) spotlights two transitions with a high “wait, what?” factor to spring on your opponent. The first is a kimura from your half guard that brings you out from under your partner and over their own shoulder into back mount. The second is a rubbery, rolling tie-up that puts you on top. Both are MMA-glove friendly, so give them a look if you’re pajama-phobic.