Flying armbars and triangles look awesome, and it’s no surprise that they’re featured on so many BJJ highlight reels on the internet. These submissions, however, are also relatively low-percentage… and potentially dangerous. A grappler in Russia was left partially paralyzed after his flying submission attempt earlier this week, and his experience has grapplers reexamining whether or not these attempts are even worth it.
In this video, ADCC veteran Alec Baulding explains why flying submissions are better left in your jiu-jitsu dreams and makes a few alternative suggestions. Take a look and use his tips to protect yourself next time you’re tempted to go airborne on the mats.