Nothing beats the flying submission when it comes to reactions from the crowd. Sure, judo throws or fast transition look good, but there’s something about flying attacks that draws every eye in the crowd. Possibly it’s the explosive nature of the move or the inherent risk that comes with aiming your head at the ground. Whatever it is, it sure looks good.

The title is just flying submissions because there’s a bunch of things you can go for off a jump. You could go for the armbar, triangle, omoplata, guillotine, kimura etc. We’ll go ahead and assume that when someone says flying submission the first thing that gets in your mind’s eye is the flying armbar. That’s probably the riskiest of all.

We’ll go over a couple of ways you can drill or try some flying submissions out without killing or severely injuring yourself starting from the lowest risk to highest risk. In addition, before we go deeper into detail you should be aware that there’s a risk involved to the person you’re jumping at as well. If you jump really low and they’ve got their side exposed to you, it’s possible you’ll crash into their knee or knees and destroy them. It happens often. That’s why the guard jump was banned in white belt competition. Be aware of this.

We’ll start this off with the flying triangle. We’re writing this under the assumption that the triangle is less risky because you’re not directly aiming your head at ground. Your back is still parallel with the floor. That’s a good thing. At worst, you’ll have the wind taken out of you if you both crash. Post with an elbow to soften the fall if you have to so your head doesn’t bounce off the mat. That’s actually the worst thing that can happen: your head bouncing off the mat. There’s a lot of videos on how to jump for the triangle. You just need a single grip. We’ve selected one by Mr. Camarillo and Brian Ortega. Camarillo’s is perhaps less risky and depends more on timing. It’s completely situational. It’ll also do you good to check out the ankle pick, because that’s how you counter it; with the flying triangle.

Flying Triangle SAFE

The safest way to drill it however is with your partner on one knee and one heel on the ground. They’ve got an under-hook and you’ve got an over-hook or Russian tie. For example, if you’ve got a right over-hook and they’ve got a left under-hook, climb your right leg up top on their shoulders. Test whether they’re supporting your weight. Grab the lat with your over-hook hand. Post your left hand onto the ground and drop into the triangle. You’ll eventually be able to jump. I don’t think there’s any videos on how to do this move on youtube. Try it out. There’s something similar called the stomping triangle. Check that out.

Flying Armbar SAFE – Choreographed

There’s nothing safe about this one. You’ll basically need a partner to do some choreography. Find someone who can support your weight, possibly bigger and heavier. Give them a single leg. Test whether they can support your weight. Grab grips. You’ll need a collar tie for this one with an over-tricep mirror grip. Try it out.

Flying Armbar – Vinny Magalhaes

Another way you can get it is the Russian tie. You could also go for this the way you would have for the flying triangle we covered above. Grab the collar tie and drop in the way you would for a sumi-gaeshi. If you really want details on this, look up Vinny Magalhaes. Ultimately, the flying armbar is one of the most dangerous moves out there. Be really careful. Heck, we’ll even go as far as tell you not to try it at all.